Dalit meet guns for MP Lokayukta and govt, alleges caste bias

Thete, who faces new charges of corruption after his reinstatement in 2011, warned state Lokayukta P P Naolekar of serious consequences unless he withdrew cases against him.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: January 12, 2016 4:28 am
Bhopal: IAS officer Shashi Karnavat speaks as Ramesh Thete (IAS) looks on during a dharna organised by Dalit-Adivasi Forum to protest against the alleged attrocities on Dalit and Adivasi in Madhya Pradesh, in Bhopal on Monday. PTI Photo (PTI1_11_2016_000091A) IAS officer Shashi Karnavat speaks as Ramesh Thete (IAS) looks on during a dharna organised by Dalit-Adivasi Forum to protest against the alleged attrocities on Dalit and Adivasi in Madhya Pradesh, in Bhopal on Monday. (Source: PTI)

Two IAS officers and an officebearer of RPI (Athawale) turned a meeting of Dalit-Adivasi Forum in Bhopal Monday into a rallying point against MP government and the state Lokayukta, accusing them of bias against bureaucrats from lower castes.

The officers—Ramesh Thete and Shashi Karnawat — alleged that the government was gunning for them because of their caste. They claimed several upper caste and Brahmin officers were allegedly let off on similar charges.

Thete, an officer of 1993 batch, and Karnawat, promoted to IAS in 1999, face corruption charges. While Thete’s conviction in a graft case was set aside, Karnawat is under suspension after she was sentenced to a five-year jail term by an anti-corruption court in 2013.

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Thete, who faces new charges of corruption after his reinstatement in 2011, warned state Lokayukta P P Naolekar of serious consequences unless he withdrew cases against him. “He has given a clean chit to bureaucrats and ministers (from upper castes),” he said. Accusing Naolekar of indulging in corrupt practices, Thete urged CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to register a graft case against the Lokayukta and send him to jail.

Naolekar could not be reached for a comment despite repeated attempts. The government had not reacted to the protest meeting till late night.

Thete, Secretary, State Commission for Protection of Children’s Rights, said he took part in the stir to articulate Babasaheb Ambedkar’s philosophy. Referring to his previous letters to the CM in which he demanded withdrawal of cases against him, payment of arrears and posting appropriate to his seniority, he threatened to go on a protest if he is slapped with even a showcause notice.

Claiming that he has no political axe to grind, he named officers in CMO who had apparently snubbed his claims for posting and wondered how all key departments are under their jurisdiction. Karnawat claimed she was framed in a false case and false testimony in court had led to her conviction, adding that her appeal against the conviction is pending in High Court where she is “confident of getting a favourable judgment”.

Naming an Indore-based officer, who is a Brahmin, Thete alleged that the bureaucrat faced charges similar to those faced by Karnawat but the government withdrew them. Mohan Patel, convener of the Forum and an office-bearer of the Republican Party of India (Athawale), threatened to make this a bigger movement unless the Lokayukta stops picking on bureaucrats from lower castes.

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    Deepak Singh
    Jan 12, 2016 at 5:14 am
    Dalit organisations should expose the protection of corrupt upper-caste officers instead of trying to protect corrupt Dalit officers.
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    indian(ncr)
    Jan 12, 2016 at 5:19 am
    These organizations are only crying in the name of caste for how long but why not understand believe in hard work, why not punished for his/her misdeeds whether a person involved in corruption whether he is from any caste or community. Nowadays it becomes a fashion that the qualification is only caste instead off his education that tendency injected by political parties Congress thoroughly.
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    kj kj
    Jan 12, 2016 at 5:56 am
    hi.. caste be used and misused by any body..you must have proof before blaming... just defaming people is not right nowadays
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    yousef
    Jan 12, 2016 at 2:45 am
    H a Ha Ha. How can we believe that Khobragade, Thete, Maya, Lalu are corrupt? Are they not the neo-twice born, with consutional birthright of ured policy pampering? Nav-Manuwadi Ambedkari consution guarantees that they are honest by birth. Why are upper caste insutions like courts and lokayukta no accepting it?
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