Fake Caste Certificate: Cong Leader Approaches Lokayukta Against DCP
A city-based Congress leader has approached the Lokayukta seeking legal action against the Directorate of Civil Rights Enforcement (DCRE), accusing it of not taking action on the allegation that Deputy Commissioner of Police B Shivanna, CAR, Mangalore, had used a fake caste certificate.
According to the report submitted by the Superintendent of Police, DCRE, Mysore, the accused, who was transferred from Mysore to Mangalore recently, was born on July 3, 1956 to a ‘Parivara’ community in Kendanakoppalu village in T Narsipur taluk in Mysore district. Though his education certificates up to pre-university mention his caste as ‘Parivara’, from then onwards, all certificates say he is a ‘Nayaka’, which comes under the Scheduled Tribe category.
In 1984, Shivanna was made a sub-inspector under the reservation quota. Subhash S H, an activist fighting against the use of fake caste certificates, started collecting data on Shivanna. He is said to have found that Shivanna studied in a primary school at his native village of Kendanakoppalu between 1962 and 1966, in a middle school at Government Boys Higher Primary School at T Narsipur between 1966 and 1970 and obtained his degree from D Banumaiah’s College in 1980. He allegedly obtained a ‘Nayaka’ caste certificate from the then Mysore tahsildar on December 10, 1979.
The DCRE took up the matter for investigation after Subhash filed a complaint. During the investigation, Shivanna is said to have been found guilty of obtaining a fake caste certificate to avail the benefits of reservation. In March 2012, this report was submitted to the then ADGP Chikkerur KSN, DCRE, Bangalore, for further action.
Following this, the DCRE issued a notice to Shivanna, but the latter managed to get a stay on the case from the High Court. Since then, no action has been taken by the DCRE, Subhash told Express.
When contacted, ADGP T Sunil Kumar, DCRE, said he assumed office only a few months ago but was taking steps to dismiss those who have used fake caste certificates to get into service.