Two Dalit IAS officers allege caste bias in Madhya Pradesh

IAS officers Ramesh Thete and Shashi Karnavat alleged that the state government was quick to penalise them while ignoring similar misconduct by officers belonging to upper castes.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: January 12, 2016 4:24 am

Days after a Dalit IAS officer in Rajasthan converted to Islam as protest against discrimination, two Dalit IAS officers in Madhya Pradesh have accused the state government of discriminating against them on caste lines.

IAS officers Ramesh Thete and Shashi Karnavat alleged that the state government was quick to penalise them while ignoring similar misconduct by officers belonging to upper castes.

An officer of the 1993 batch, Thete Monday announced that he would take part in a dharna by Dalit Adivasi Forum (DAF) on January 11 in Bhopal to protest against the alleged discrimination against SC members, including bureaucrats, and tribals.

The government had recently given permission to prosecute the controversial officer against whom complaints were pending before the Lokayukta in connection with alleged illegal disposal of land when he was posted in Ujjain as additional commissioner two years ago.

Thete alleged that the charges against him were a result of conspiracy by upper castes and that he had written protest letters to the chief minister and the chief secretary. On Monday, he shot another letter to the chief secretary, claiming that the permission to prosecute him was illegal because the high court had ordered status quo in the matter.

Shashi Karnawat, who was promoted to the IAS in 1999, has levelled similar allegations against the government. Karnawat, who was sentenced to five years imprisonment by an anti-corruption court in Mandla in 2013, is under suspension since then.

Mohan Patil of the DAF, who is also the national office-bearer of Republican Party of India, told reporters that complaints were pending against 18 upper caste IAS and IPS officers with the Lokayukta in MP but sanction to prosecute was given only in Thete’s case. Patil later said the DAF planned to hold a protest in front of the RSS office in Nagpur if its demands to ensure justice for Dalits and tribals were not met.

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    IndianWellWisher
    Jan 5, 2016 at 12:39 am
    We need to thank Ambedkar for opening this can of worms - this will plaque India forever and drive real talent to other countries.
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      Vinod
      Jan 5, 2016 at 4:31 am
      Where does vatican appear in this typical Hindu social issue? Well we have a penchant for transferring our problems on to others. Let us face it; we have social issues to resolve and have the honesty to find a way out of it rather than blaming some eny called vatican.
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        jai
        Jan 5, 2016 at 6:54 pm
        shame that even top officers have to face discrimination. when people face discrimination, some convert to other religions to be treated as equals. is this wrong? or treating dalit hindus as dirt is wrong? look in the mirror! each one is the image of god. god is not the sole property of the brahmins (though they think that in their sick minds).
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          jai
          Jan 5, 2016 at 6:49 pm
          you are a brahmin and you will not accept others as your equal. in the first place, just because you are from the priestly group, does that make you closer to god or put you on a pedestal next to god? you make up your own rules and religious laws by hoodwinking those that cannot read the holy books. you are the biggest criminals! treating other people as not worthy of you and should remain uneducated and poor, shows your sick mentality. all men are created equal and we all come from monkeys. accept the facts! religion was manufactured to keep people in their places, but your religion did not teach you MORALS. time to LEARN.
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            jagar
            Jan 5, 2016 at 10:46 am
            bIAS AGAINST sc/st/obc OFFICERS IS AN ADMITTED FACT.
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