Cleaning of IG office with cow dung solution

The Kerala High Court on Friday stayed all further proceedings in a case registered under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against three employees in the Registration Department in connection with the alleged cleaning of the office of the Inspector-General (IG) of Registration with cow dung solution.

Justice P.Q. Barkathali issued the stay order while admitting a criminal miscellaneous complaint filed by Gireesh Kumar, upper division clerk at the IG office, and Subu, peon at the Kazhakuttam sub-register office.

The interim order will remain in force till June 27. The case was also adjourned to June 27 to enable the government pleader to get instruction in the case.

The petitioners, who were on bail, said the complaint filed by A.K. Ramakrishnan, former Inspector-General of Registration, would not stand as it did not have essential ingredients for making out a case under Section 3 of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

In a complaint to the Thiruvananthapuram City Police Commissioner, Mr. Ramakrishnan alleged that the accused had cleaned the office and its premises by sprinkling cow dung solution shortly after his retirement from service.

He alleged that the cleaning was undertaken with an intention to insult and humiliate him because he belonged to a Scheduled Caste community.

Thus, the employees had committed offences punishable under Section 3(1) (ii) (x) of the Act. The case was registered by the Vanchiyoor police.