Enquiry against fake caste certificate holders begins

Demand for criminal case against Govindaiah

District SC and ST Castes Verification Committee, headed by Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, on Monday, launched the enquiry into the allegations of obtaining fake caste certificates against 21 prominent persons, including sitting Krishnaraja MLA M K Somashekar and DCP (CAR) B Shivanna.

The deputy commissioner, who recorded the statements of those facing the charges, at the conference hall in her office, refused to divulge the details, as cases are judicial in nature. “It will take another three days to complete the process, and secrecy has to be maintained,” the officer told media.

Earlier, during an enquiry, the DC took up the cases of seven persons related to SC and 14 of ST that lasted three hours till 2 pm. While advocate Vaman represented MLA Somashekar facing charges of obtaining a fake ST certificate as ‘Kadu Kuruba’, in the meeting, the others attended the enquiry in person. They include DCP Shivanna, former MLA from Bannur K M Chikkamada Nayaka for obtaining fake ST certificate as Nayaka and B R Gopamma wife of incumbent Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) member H Govindaiah for obtaining fake SC certificate.

According to the complaint, Somashekar secured a LPG agency with the help of same ST certificate. As some of the persons facing charges sought some time to produce relevant documents, it was decided to defer the enquiry till then.

Criminal case sought
Right to Information (RTI) activist T J Abraham, on Monday, urged Deputy Commissioner C Shikha to recommend for a criminal case against serving Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) member H Govindaiah for securing a fake caste certificate as SC for his wife B R Gopamma.

Abraham, who petitioned the deputy commissioner during the meeting of SC, ST Caste Verification Committee, brought to the latter’s notice that though Gopamma belongs to Kodagu Gowda community, Govindaiah succeeded in securing the certificate and also a teacher’s job for her under quota. A case should also be lodged against Gopamma, he added.

According to the memorandum copy, it is mentioned, “In the order dated November 7, 2014, and June 28, 2013, the tahsildar has confirmed that Gopamma does not belong to SC. The certificate was issued on May 22, 1986. Following the tahsildar’s findings, the said committee should complete its inquiry at the earliest and initiate suitable action against the accused”.
Speaking to media later, Abraham urged Governor Vajubai Rudabai Vala to revoke the nomination of Govindaiah to KPSC.

Though the governor was urged not to nominate V R Sudarshan, Syed Ulfat Hussain, Govindaiah and Dr Ravikumar to KPSC, Govindaiah’s name was considered against three others.

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