Kerala Govt Threatens Legal Action Against Delhi Police

The Kerala government will take legal action against the Delhi Police over the ‘raid’ at Kerala House in New Delhi to check if beef was being served there, if it doesn’t admit that it was a ‘mistake’. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the incident has affected Centre-State relations and that it was a blot on India’s federal system.

Chandy was talking to media after a cabinet meeting where the issue was discussed. He said the government was waiting for a response from Delhi Police over its Monday raid on the Kerala government run guest house that triggered a huge row.

The action by Delhi Police was not acceptable in any way, Chandy said, adding he had expressed the Kerala government’s anguish to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The State cabinet on Wednesday discussed the issue and decided to take legal course if the Centre also sticks to the explanation given by Delhi police that “they only did their duty and carried out an inspection in accordance with law”, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told.

Delhi Police commissioner B S Bassi
Delhi Police commissioner B S Bassi

“The raid conducted without the permission of State officials at the State-run official guest house crossed all limits of propriety, violated law and also affected the Centre-State relations,” he said.

Asserting that the police did not have the authority to do what they did, he added “It was a needless act because the rules are very clear that the authority to conduct an inspection is the animal husbandry official or a veterinarian.”

He said cow meat which is banned in Delhi was not served at the Kerala House.

Talking tough, the veteran Congress leader said, “We make it very clear that buffalo meat will be served in Kerala House as long as the rule of law permits.”

He contended that the raid was a “deliberate attempt to please somebody” and to trigger fear in the minds of people.

On Monday, about 20 Delhi policemen raided the Kerala House after a complaint from right wing Hindu Sena that cow meat was being served in its canteen. Later, following widespread protest and condemnation, Delhi Police came out with the lame explanation that it was not a raid.

The Kerala Chief Minister thanked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for their voices of support following the incident.