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MP: Thete shifted after complaint against higher-up

IAS officer Ramesh Thete and his suspended colleague, Shashi Karnawat, stepped up the offensive against additional chief secretary Radheshyam Julaniya by lodging a complaint of caste discrimination against him at the Anusuchit Janjati Kalyan (AJK) police station in Bhopal on Tuesday.

bhopal Updated: Dec 07, 2016 09:49 IST
Thete lodges his complaint against additional chief secretary Radheshyam Julaniya at AJK police station.
Thete lodges his complaint against additional chief secretary Radheshyam Julaniya at AJK police station.(HT photo)

IAS officer Ramesh Thete and his suspended colleague, Shashi Karnawat, stepped up the offensive against additional chief secretary Radheshyam Julaniya by lodging a complaint of caste discrimination against him at the Anusuchit Janjati Kalyan (AJK) police station in Bhopal on Tuesday.

Thete, a Dalit, told HT that Julaniya had violated an order passed by the panchayat and rural development ministry simply to target him. “In January, I was empowered to hear and decide cases as a secretary of the panchayat rural development ministry. However, Julaniya stayed the order in November. He violated the rules solely to target me, because I am a member of the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe community,” he said.

Thete and Karnawat approached the AJK police after participating in a rally held at Ambedkar Park to mark the 60th death anniversary of social reformer Babasaheb Ambedkar. They asked superintendent of police Dhananjay Shah to take action against Julaniya under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989.

“Police will investigate the matter, and take action accordingly,” said Shah.

Thete said he had even urged the panchayat and rural development minister to look into the matter. “The minister asked Julaniya to vacate the stay on the order, but he ignored the directive,” he added.

Karnawat, who has accused the Madhya Pradesh government of victimising her over her caste, said she would observe a fast unto death if Thete did not receive justice.

Julaniya refused to comment on the charges against him. “God bless them. My best wishes” was all he said in response.