Mangaluru, June 17, 2016: According to reports published, DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim has recommended to the Director General of Police and Commandant General to initiate disciplinary action against District Home Guards Commandant Dr Muralee Mohan Choontharu.
The recommendations were made by the deputy commissioner after the allegations made by a former Home Guards unit officer, were confirmed by the investigating officer. The former home guard filed a complaint on July 18, 2015, before the then Legislative Council Chairman D H Shankaramurthy, after the person was summarily relieved of his responsibilities as a unit officer, ’on flimsy grounds’. In his complaint, the person had said that the Home Guards Commandant spent most of his time attending to the patients in his wife’s dental clinic at Hosangady in Kasargod district.
Following the complaint, Shankaramurthy had directed the IGP (Western Range) to conduct an in-depth probe into the allegations. The investigation report, submitted by the deputy superintendent of police to the Inspector General of Police, stated that the Home Guards Commandant spends most of his time in the clinic in Kasargod district or at Deralakatte, where he is working in a private college.
The call details of Dr Choontharu’s phone number too have revealed the same, the report stated. The DK DC in his letter to the DGP (Home Guards), has also stated that the Home Guards District Commandant has been directed not to leave the district headquarters without permission.
In another document by RTI application, it is revealed that Assistant Administrative Officer, Home Guards and Civil Defence Headquarters in Bengaluru, had also forwarded the recommendations to the Principal Secretary to Government (PCAS) with a note that Dr Choontharu had violated the Karnataka Home Guards rules 1963 and had sullied the reputation of the honorary post.
A second complaint: In another complaint to the Additional Chief Secretary and Under Secretary to the Chief Minister, one D’Sa a former guard has appealed the authorities concerned not to consider Home Guards Mulki unit officer H Mansoor for the chief minister’s medal as a report submitted by Panambur circle inspector to the IGP a copy of which was produced, has stated that Mansoor is a ’communally provocative person’ and misuses the office of Home Guards.
Incidentally, Home Guards Commandant Dr Muralee Mohan Choontharu has recommended Mansoor’s name for CM’s silver medal.