A Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) in Ranipet, Vellore district was penalised by the Madras High Court for not rectifying a mistake on community certificates.
A division bench of justices N Paul Vasanthakumar and P Devadass, which imposed the cost of `10,000, also directed the RDO to issue Kattunayakan (ST)community certificates within three days to two children based upon the community certificate already issued to their father and his close relatives, while disposing of a writ petition from New Delli.
According to advocate S Doraisamy, the petitioner applied for Kattunayakan (ST) community certificates for his two children D Mohanapriya (14) and D Deepak (12) along with necessary documentation, including his certificate. However, the RDO rejected the application stating that the petitioner’s great grandfather belonged to Shikkari Kanni community, which was listed as MBC and did not belong to Kattunayakan (ST) community. Aggrieved, the petitioner filed the present petition.
The bench said the petitioner’s grandfather, who was no more, was treated as a member of the Kattunayakan (ST) community and the same was stated in the service register maintained by the Southern Railway. The petitioner’s brother was issued a community certificate, which was verified by the district level vigilance committee and found as genuine. Similarly, the petitioner’s grandfather’s brother’s daughter was also issued a community certificate as Hindu Kattunayakan (ST) community and was found to be genuine by the authorities. All the said documents were enclosed along with the application submitted by the petitioner.
The bench recalled that on another writ petition on a similar issue earlier, a positive direction was given to issue community certificate as Hindu Kattunayakan (ST) community to the petitioners therein.
That petition was allowed with a cost of `1,000 and the RDO in question was the same one who disallowed the request of the present petitioner. The RDO was a repeat offender and had not only violated the order of the HC but also the judgments of the Supreme Court, the bench pointed out.