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Panel summons Delhi officer

New Delhi, Oct. 2: National Scheduled Tribe Commission has issued a notice to the state’s resident commissioner after a senior official of Jharkhand Bhawan in Delhi was accused of misbehaving with a group of tribals last month.

Speaking on the case that is scheduled to come up for its first hearing tomorrow, commission chairman Rameshwar Oraon said that four tribals had approached him with a petition last week, alleging that they were badly treated by Jharkhand Bhawan chief administrative officer Vivek Narayan Akhauri when they went to meet him on September 9 with applications for posts of drivers at the office.

“In their complaint, the four alleged that Akhauri insulted, abused and humiliated them when they met him with the applications and documents. Taking cognisance of the case, we have commissioned resident commissioner V.K. Singh,” said Oraon.

The complainants had also registered a case against Akhauri under Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (prevention of atrocities) Act at Vasant Vihar police station.

In their complaint, Mahipal Khakha, Charles Halda, Rajesh Kisku and Sudarshan Oraon accused Akhauri of intimidating and snubbing them, quoting him as saying, “How can a bunch of tribals dare enter his cabin.”

“Akhauri also remarked that tribal people are lazy, dolts and insolent and there was no place for them in the office. He threatened us and ordered us to leave the premises without submitting the applications,” said the FIR lodged by the tribals, who were now in Delhi.

The complainants have alleged that tribals like them were being deliberately turned away and not being allowed to apply for posts so that officials could hire others and show in their records that tribals weren’t available for hiring.

Singh has said he would appear before the commission tomorrow. “I have heard Akhauri’s version but no formal enquiry has been conducted in the case yet. We will decide on further course of action after first hearing the case.”