DIVISIONAL COMMISSIONER Ashok Das has issued a show-cause notice to Congress corporator Dilip Kaushal seeking to know why he shouldn’t be disqualified for furnishing misleading information about his caste antecedents.
The notice came after the MP Anusuchit Jaati Janjati Pramaan Patra Chhanbeen Samiti (search committee) found Kaushal guilty of falsifying caste details after a 15-point inquiry and recorded that action be taken against him. Copies of the search committee report were also forwarded to the District Collector and Municipal Commissioner.
The committee findings may result in the Ward 64 corporator’s tenure coming to a premature end. Although Kaushal himself was unavailable for comment his counsel Manohar Dala revealed that a writ against the committee’s report had been filed in the High Court. “The matter is slated to come up for motion hearing in the court of Justice A M Spare on Wednesday and we’re confident the report will be quashed,” Dalal told the Hindustan Times.
Kaushal, who reportedly belongs to the Bhadbhunja (Other Backward Caste), is alleged to have declared himself a Bhunjiya (a Scheduled Caste) in order to contest the civic body polls.
He even submitted certificates issued by the Tehsildar and his alma mater, Jagannath Vidyalaya (Sanyogitaganj), attesting to his caste credentials.
The alleged fudging came to light when MLA Mahendra Hardia filed a complaint after Kushal trounced his BJP opponent at the hustings.
The matter was referred to the search committee, which finally handed in its verdict on Monday, after which Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das issued notice to the corporator.