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Kerala IAS officer attack: Government ready to review decision, says Oommen Chandy

In 2012, activists of Kerala Students Union had poured waste engine oil on Kesavendra Kumar, then director of higher secondary school education.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: January 14, 2015 12:33:40 am
On Monday, Chandy had justified his decision, saying that the government has every right to withdraw a case. (Source: Reuters) On Monday, Chandy had justified his decision, saying that the government has every right to withdraw a case. (Source: Reuters)

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday said the government would review the decision to withdraw a case related to the attack on IAS officer Keshavendra Kumar by a group of the party’s students union.

The decision to withdraw the case, registered in 2012, had evoked wide-spread criticism from political circles. Congress state president V M Sudheeran also found fault with the move, saying the government should be more judicious while taking such decisions.

Chandy told the media in Delhi that the government is ready to review the decision against the backdrop of the controversy over it. The case against KSU activists would not be withdrawn. Such a decision was taken with good motive after the parents of the students petitioned the government, he said.

On Monday, Chandy had justified his decision, saying that the government has every right to withdraw a case.

In 2012, a group of activists of the Kerala Students Union had poured waste engine oil on Kesavendra Kumar, who was then the director of the higher secondary school education. The agitation was in protest against the increase in tuition fee for higher secondary class. About 10 KSU activists led by district leader Sippy Muhammed had laid a siege to Kumar’s office. The attack took place while Kumar was holding a discussion with them.

Kumar, an IAS officer of 2008 Kerala cadre, said he was against the decision. “If such criminal cases are withdrawn, how the government officials would be able to work. I was not consulted before the government arriving at such a decision,’’ said Kumar, now a district collector.

Police had filed the chargesheet against eight accused in March 2013. The decision to withdraw the case was taken by the government in September 2013. Subsequently, the prosecution moved an appeal to close the case. The case will come up in the court next month.

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