DC, IGP recommend action against district home guards commandant

DC, IGP recommend action against district home guards commandant

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 2016-06-12 08:45 Mangaluru: The IGP (western range) and Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner have sought disciplinary action against District Home Guards Commandant Dr Muralee Mohan Choontharu and submitted reports to the government to this effect.The recommendations come after the then IGP (Western Range) Amrit Paul and DK Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim had found merit in the allegations made by former unit officer Bernad D’Sa, who had turned into a whistleblower exposing the wrongdoings of Home Guards Commandant Dr Choontharu. The commandant was later stripped of his responsibilities.D’sa in a complaint submitted to legislative council speaker D H Shankarmurthy in July 2015 had alleged that the commandant spent most of his time in Kerala, where he attended to patients in his dental clinic and trauma care centre, ‘Suraksha’, in Hosangadi, Kasargod district. “Without prior approval from DIG, district home guards commandant is always found travelling to Kerala in a Kerala registered vehicle and is never present in district headquarters during any exigencies,’’ D’Sa had said.Based on the complaint, Council Speaker had directed then IGP (Western Range) Amrit Paul to conduct an in-depth probe into the allegations against Dr Choontharu. According to the report submitted to the government by the IGP and obtained under RTI by D’sa, the call records of Dr Choontharu’s cell phone revealed that the commandant spent most of the time in a college in Deralakatte (where he serves as professor in dental college) and in Kerala.   In the letter sent to Director General of Police and Commandant General, Home Guards, the  DC endorsed the disciplinary action recommended by the IGP and recollected that the commandant had been ordered on March 8 not to leave the district headquarters without prior permission.A document collected under RTI by D’Sa reveals that Assistant Administrative officer, Home Guards and Civil defence headquarters in Bengaluru, had forwarded the recommendations to government with a note that Dr Choontharu by violating Karnataka Home Guards rules 1963 had sullied the honorary post’s reputation.When contacted, Dr Choontharu said D’sa was demoted even prior to his appointment as Home Guards Commandant.