Rajnath to apologise over Kerala House raid

Police asked to take action against Hindu Sena leader

Rajnath to apologise over Kerala House raid

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday broke his silence on the unauthorised entry of the Delhi Police into Kerala House over complaints of selling beef, saying he was willing to express his regret to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

His comments came as the Kerala government stepped up its attack on the Centre over the issue by saying that it will take legal recourse if action was not taken against the errant officials.

In comments to a TV channel, Singh said he would meet Chandy after his return from Bihar where he is campaigning for his party candidates fighting the Assembly election.

“I have advised Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi to take stringent action against Hindu Sena leader Vishnu Gupta and have asked Bassi and his team to be careful while acting out on such complaints in future,” he told India Today TV.

Gupta had made a PCR call on Monday that led to the Kerala House raid. After receiving the complaint, nearly 20 police officers went to the guest house to verify if the canteen at the state guesthouse was serving beef.

However, this did not go down well with the Kerala government, which also received support from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

In his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chandy said the “unfortunate” incident disrupting the functioning of staff canteen was based on “wrong information” and sought his intervention in taking stringent action against police.

“This raid was conducted without any permission of or even prior intimation to the resident commissioner,” he said. “I feel that the action of the Delhi Police is highly objectionable and they have clearly overstepped their brief,” he added.

Though initially it defended its action, the Delhi Police also issued a circular on Wednesday evening asking officials to contact the resident commissioners of state bhavans in case of situations requiring preventive action.

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