This Article is From Oct 29, 2015

Kerala House Beef Row: Home Ministry to Submit Report to PM's Office

Kerala House Beef Row: Home Ministry to Submit Report to PM's Office

The report to the PMO will be based on the information provided by the Delhi Police.

New Delhi: The Home Ministry will submit a report to the Prime Minister's Office on the row over the Delhi police 'raid' at Kerala House on a complaint that its canteen allegedly served 'beef'.

"A report incorporating the details of the incident in Kerala House will soon be submitted to the PMO so that a proper reply could be sent to the Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who shot off a letter terming Monday's incident as "highly objectionable," a senior official said.

The report to the PMO will be based on the information provided by the Delhi Police.

The Delhi Police provided the details about the incident after Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to city Commissioner of Police BS Bassi.

The Delhi Police has conveyed that it has received a telephonic intimation from a caller on October 26 at 4:21 pm alleging that cow meat was being served in Kerala House in New Delhi.

After receiving the information, PCR staff and local police including SHO / Connaught Place reached the Kerala House, and upon getting information about scuffle inside the campus, went to the reception and restaurant of the canteen, a report by Delhi Police said.

When the SHO with staff reached, there was no scuffle. The SHO asked for the manager so that the PCR call matter can be brought to the notice of the manager, the report stated.

However, the person available said that there is no manager and it is an all staff-run canteen. The person available was intimated about the PCR call who denied that cow meat is served.

The menu was neither displayed nor shared with the police by the canteen staff. The canteen staff said that the menu is prepared on a daily basis and no copy of the menu is available with them, the report said.

The Delhi Police report said during the conversation that the staff member of the canteen was briefed by police to remain alert and inform the police in case of any issue or vandalism.

Thereafter, the SHO Parliament Street alongwith PCR staff took position at the gate so that no untoward incident, vandalism or mischief takes place, the report stated.

The Kerala government has threatened legal action if the Centre does not admit that the "raid" by police at the state-run guest house on Monday was a "mistake".

Maintaining that the Delhi police action has affected Centre-State relations, the Kerala Cabinet at its meeting today discussed the matter and decided to take legal course if the Centre also stuck to the explanation given by Delhi police that "they only did their duty and carried out an inspection in accordance with law".

"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 Centre-State relations," Mr Chandy said in Thiruvananthapuram.

Mr Chandy had also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the issue.