Kerala legislator lodges police complaint against minister

June 17th, 2008 - 11:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, June 16 (IANS) K.K. Shaju, a scheduled caste opposition legislator, Tuesday gave a written complaint to the director general of police against Kerala Cooperation Minister G. Sudhakaran for allegedly making derogatory comments about him and his caste. Shaju told IANS that he has submitted the complaint on two grounds after Sudhakaran used derogatory language about him and his caste at a public meeting near Pandalam.

“First I have asked for police security because the minister has said that I should be beaten up with a broom. Then he said that I should not be allowed to enter temples. This is a clear violation of the SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act. His speech has been reported by the media. I am surprised that untouchability still prevails and a minister has said this,” said Shaju.

Shaju, belongs to the Janadiypathiya Samrakshana Samithi party, an ally of the Congress-led United Democratic Front and has been a two time legislator from Pandalam (constituency reserved for scheduled castes).

“Who does not know that I belong to the scheduled caste community. The minister should be arrested under the act,” said Shaju.

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