Must Read – Prakash Lasrado’s Letter

Prakash Lasrado’s Letter

Dear PB D’Sa,

Laypeople must not run the church and must not look after church property since they are less ethical than priests.

If one reads the New Testament, Peter spent his time worshipping God and the task of collecting money was given to Ananias and Sapphira (husband and wife, a lay couple) (Acts Chapter 5) who to seek a good name from the public gave the collected money to the apostles for the poor. However they were stealing part of it. Peter inspired by the Holy spirit got to know of it and rebuked them severely since they were not interested in the poor but were benefitting from donations by getting a good name and getting good money for themselves. They had disguised their evil as good. We all know that Ananias and Sapphira fell dead instantly. 

Same is happening today also. 

Two women accused of stealing $1 million each from two archdioceses

http://www.uscatholic.org/news/2012/01/two-women-accused-stealing-1-million-each-two-archdioceses

Mother, son confess to stealing church funds

http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/6146/53/

Laypeople are worse than priests in terms of ethics so it is better that priests govern finances since laypeople cannot be trusted entirely. Laypeople can only assist priests.

Regards,

Prakash

Reply from – P.B D’Sa

Dear Prakash Lasrado

I totally agree with Mr. Prakash Lasrado, that both priests and laymen are corrupt. but i do not agree that the lay men are more corrupt. both belong to human race and both have human weaknesses. But when Chosen people of God who live with God, Walk with God, Sleep with God and Market God, cannot and should not be corrupt, arrogant, liars, crooks etc. etc.
I totally agree that all temporal issues, all properties and money matters of the church  should be jointly handeled by laymen and priest. More specificaly the laymen should handle all temporal issues properties, cash etc. and the priest should be both internal and external auditors. they should not be “spiritual directors”- This is a funny word and misleading word. this word should be scrapped from church vocabulary.
Most of the priests are mediocre and repeat things parrot like. i have not found creativity and dynamism in any priest. They are lazy , pleasure and leisure loving and too much  in love with their bodies.
This forum will give equal opportunities to diverse views on the matter. We do not want to waste our time in speaking about good work done by the priest. Every human being is expected to be good and to do good work. W have no time to praise and pamper them our priority is to sweep, clean the mess created by useless people and make this world  a better world to live in. the mess created during the last 2000 years cannot be cleaned by a small number of people. We need more people like Prakash Lasrado, Gordon, Sodders, Alban Menezes, Maurice Mascarenhas, Walter mascarenhas, Jeevan Vas, Dr. Joe Lewis Arthur Rasquinha, Augustine Rodrigues, etc. etc.
We have already an Army of More than thousand people with us we want to reach 50000 within 5 years. i promise that together we will clean the mess created by the ” Wolves in the Garb of Sheep” and do Christ’s work, which will continue even after our death.
P.B D’Sa
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Leaked letters reveal Viganò’s complaints of corruption

Leaked letters reveal Viganò’s complaints of corruption

source: mailed by Prakash Lasrado

In another, addressed to Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, Viganò said that the management of Vatican investments had been entrusted to a group of Italian bankers “who look after their interests more than ours.” He complained that contracts are “always given to the same companies at costs at least double compared to those charged outside the Vatican,” on the basis of personal connections and patronage ties.

Viganò also described a campaign of defamation against him inside the Vatican, openly naming names as the alleged ringleaders. They include an Italian monsignor who works at the Vatican museums, and a well-known Italian layman who’s held senior positions both in the Vatican and at the Italian public broadcaster RAI, and who is viewed as especially close to Bertone.

Viganò accused both figures of various forms of misconduct, and accused both of being the source of “calumnious judgments, evil insinuations [and] lies” circulating within the Vatican, intended to discredit him with Bertone.

Monsignors’ mutiny” revealed by Vatican leaks

Monsignors’ mutiny” revealed by Vatican leaks

source mailed by : Gordon Jacobs

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Call it Conspiracy City. Call it Scandal City. Call it Leak City. These days the holy city has been in the news for anything but holy reasons.

“It is a total mess,” said one high-ranking Vatican official who spoke, like all others, on the condition of anonymity.

The Machiavellian maneuvering and machinations that have come to light in the Vatican recently are worthy of a novel about a sinister power struggle at a medieval court.

Senior church officials interviewed this month said almost daily embarrassments that have put the Vatican on the defensive could force Pope Benedict to act to clean up the image of its administration – at a time when the church faces a deeper crisis of authority and relevance in the wider world.

Some of those sources said the outcome of a power struggle inside the Holy See may even have a longer-term effect, on the choice of the man to succeed Benedict when he dies.

From leaked letters by an archbishop who was transferred after he blew the whistle on what he saw as a web of corruption and cronyism, to a leaked poison pen memo which puts a number of cardinals in a bad light, to new suspicions about its bank, Vatican spokesmen have had their work cut out responding.

The flurry of leaks has come at an embarrassing time – just before a usually joyful ceremony this week known as a consistory, when Benedict will admit more prelates into the College of Cardinals, the exclusive men’s club that will one day pick the next Roman Catholic leader from among their own ranks.

“This consistory will be taking place in an atmosphere that is certainly not very glorious or exalting,” said one bishop with direct knowledge of Vatican affairs.

The sources agreed that the leaks were part of an internal campaign – a sort of “mutiny of the monsignors” – against the pope’s right-hand man, Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Bertone, 77, has a reputation as a heavy-handed administrator and power-broker whose style has alienated many in the Curia, the bureaucracy that runs the central administration of the 1.3 billion-strong Roman Catholic Church.

He came to the job, traditionally occupied by a career diplomat, in 2006 with no experience of working in the church’s diplomatic corps, which manages its international relations. Benedict chose him, rather, because he had worked under the future pontiff, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, in the Vatican’s powerful doctrinal office.

“It’s all aimed at Bertone,” said a monsignor in a key Vatican department who sympathizes with the secretary of state and who sees the leakers as determined to oust him. “It’s very clear that they want to get rid of Bertone.”

Vatican sources say the rebels have the tacit backing of a former secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, an influential power-broker in his own right and a veteran diplomat who served under the late Pope John Paul II for 15 years.

“The diplomatic wing feels that they are the rightful owners of the Vatican,” the monsignor who favors Bertone said.

Sodano and Bertone are not mutual admirers, to put it mildly. Neither has commented publicly on the reports.

WHISTLE-BLOWING ARCHBISHOP

The Vatican has been no stranger to controversy in recent years, when uproar over its handling of child sex abuse charges has hampered the church’s efforts to stem the erosion of congregations and priestly recruitment in the developed world.

But the latest image crisis could not be closer to home.

It began last month when an Italian television investigative show broadcast private letters to Bertone and the pope from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former deputy governor of the Vatican City and currently the Vatican ambassador in Washington.

The letters, which the Vatican has confirmed are authentic, showed that Vigano was transferred after he exposed what he argued was a web of corruption, nepotism and cronyism linked to the awarding of contracts to contractors at inflated prices.

As deputy governor of the Vatican City for two years from 2009 to 2011, Vigano was the number two official in a department responsible for maintaining the tiny city-state’s gardens, buildings, streets, museums and other infrastructure, which are managed separately from the Italian capital which surrounds it.

In one letter, Vigano writes of a smear campaign against him by other Vatican officials who were upset that he had taken drastic steps to clean up the purchasing procedures and begged to stay in the job to finish what he had started.

Bertone responded by removing Vigano from his position three years before the end of his tenure and sending him to the United States, despite his strong resistance.

Other leaks center on the Vatican bank, just as it is trying to put behind it past scandals – including the collapse 30 years ago of Banco Ambrosiano, which entangled it in lurid allegations about money-laundering, freemasons, mafiosi and the mysterious death of Ambrosiano chairman Roberto Calvi – “God’s banker.”

Today, the Vatican bank, formally known at the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), is aiming to comply fully with international norms and has applied for the Vatican’s inclusion on the European Commission’s approved “white list” of states that meet EU standards for total financial transparency.

Bertone was instrumental in putting the bank’s current executives in place and any lingering suspicion about it reflects badly on him. The Commission will decide in June and failure to make the list would be an embarrassment for Bertone.

ITALIAN POPE?

Last week, an Italian newspaper that has published some of the leaks ran a bizarre internal Vatican memo that involved one cardinal complaining about another cardinal who spoke about a possible assassination attempt against the pope within 12 months and openly speculated on who the next pope should be.

Bertone’s detractors say he has packed the Curia with Italian friends. Some see an attempt to influence the election of the next pope and increase the chances that the papacy returns to Italy after two successive non-Italian popes who have broken what had been an Italian monopoly for over 450 years.

Seven of the 18 new “cardinal electors” — those aged under 80 eligible to elect a pope — at this Saturday’s consistory are Italian. Six of those work for Bertone in the Curia.

Bertone, as chief administrator, had a key role in advising the pope on the appointments, which raised eyebrows because of the high number of Italian bureaucrats among them.

“There is widespread malaise and delusion about Bertone inside the Curia. It is full of complaints,” said the bishop who has close knowledge of Vatican affairs.

“Bertone has had a very brash method of running the Vatican and putting his friends in high places. People could not take it any more and said ‘enough’ and that is why I think these leaks are coming out now to make him look bad,” he said.

POPE “ISOLATED”

Leaked confidential cables sent to the State Department by the U.S. embassy to the Vatican depicted him as a “yes man” with no diplomatic experience or linguistic skills and the 2009 cable suggests that the pope is protected from bad news.

“There is also the question of who, if anyone, brings dissenting views to the pope’s attention,” read the cable, published by WikiLeaks.

The Vatican sources said some cardinals asked the pope to replace Bertone because of administrative lapses, including the failure to warn the pope that a renegade bishop re-admitted to the Church in 2009 was a well-known Holocaust denier.

But they said the pope, at 84 and increasingly showing the signs of his age, is not eager to break in a new right-hand man.

“It’s so complicated and the pope is so helpless,” said the monsignor.

The bishop said: “The pope is very isolated. He lives in his own world and some say the information he receives is filtered. He is interested in his books and his sermons but he is not very interested in government.”

Why Catholic Bishops Have Lost Their Grip on Their Flock

Why Catholic Bishops Have Lost Their Grip on Their Flock

source: Gordon Jacobs

The Vatican’s timing was ironic. While Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S. were trying to revive their moral and political clout last week by battling President Obama over contraception coverage and religious liberty, a papally endorsed symposium was underway in Rome on how the Church has to change if it wants to prevent sexual abuse crises, the very tragedy that has shriveled the stature of Catholic prelates worldwide over the past decade, especially in the U.S. One monsignor at the Vatican gathering even suggested the hierarchy had been guilty of “omertà,” the Mafia code of silence, by protecting abusive priests.

The Roman forum was a reminder — and the birth control clash is turning out to be one as well — of just how much influence the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has lost in the 10 years since the abuse crisis erupted in America. It hopes that its protest of a new federal rule requiring religiously affiliated institutions like Catholic hospitals and universities to provide no-cost contraception in their health insurance coverage, even if church doctrine forbids birth control, will help restore the bishops’ relevance. They did win a partial victory last Friday when Obama, acknowledging the uproar, said those institutions would no longer have to pay for the contraception coverage themselves. But the President did not fully genuflect: The compromise will still oblige religious-based employers to offer the coverage, while their insurance providers foot the bill.

Although major Catholic groups like Catholic Charities and Catholic Health Services accepted that revision, the bishops are holding out for more. But their crusade to be exempted from the mandate is likely to fall short of its grail. If so, it’s because Obama read the Catholic flock better than its shepherds did.

Granted, the bishops, led by New York Archbishop and Cardinal-elect Timothy Dolan, did get the White House to acknowledge how high-handedly and ham-handedly it had managed the contraception debate — confirming along the way the public’s wariness of the so-called liberal elite — and convinced it to craft a deal that should have been policy in the first place. Yet in his refusal to cave completely to the religious liberty campaign, Obama has illustrated the reality that the bishops no longer speak for most U.S. Catholics — the nation’s largest religious denomination and a critical swing-voter group — on a host of moral issues, according to polls.

Not on abortion or the death penalty (a majority of Catholics believe those should remain legal); on divorce or homosexuality (most say those are acceptable); on women being ordained as priests and priests getting married (ditto); or on masturbation and pre-marital sex (ditto again, Your Excellencies).

And especially not on contraception. Ever since Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Church’s senseless ban on birth control in 1968, few doctrines have been as vilified, ridiculed and outright ignored by Catholics – evidenced by a recent study showing that 98% of American Catholic women have used some form of contraception. It’s hard to believe, as the bishops would have it, that those women simply succumbed to society’s pressure to do the secular thing. They’ve decided, in keeping with their faith’s precept of exercising personal conscience, that family planning is the moral and societally responsible thing to do — for example, preventing unwanted pregnancies and therefore abortions. And it explains why a recent Public Religion Research Institute poll found most Catholics support the contraception coverage mandate even for Catholic-affiliated organizations. Presumably most endorse Friday’s compromise.

Far more Evangelical Protestants, according to the PRRI survey, back the bishops than Catholics do. But that hardly makes the bishops, when it comes to the more independent Catholic vote, the same force to be reckoned with that they were in the 20th century. That is, before 2002 and the horror stories of how prelates like Cardinal Bernard Law, then Boston’s archbishop, had serially shielded alleged pedophile priests. It’s true that some bishops, like Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl, confronted rather than coddled accused priests. But when it became clear that so many of the men in miters cared more about safeguarding the clerical corporation than about protecting kids, episcopal “authority” vanished like so much incense smoke — and Catholics increasingly abandoned the 2,000-year-old notion that their church and their religion are the same thing.

That’s essentially what Catholics like me are asking for, especially from my colleagues in the media, during episodes like the contraception and religious liberty fracas: Stop equating what the bishops say with what we think, because we’re not the obedient, monolithic bloc that newspapers and cable news networks so tiresomely insist is in “jeopardy” for this or that party whenever they smell church-state friction. When a hardline U.S. bishop calls for withholding communion from a Catholic politician who supports legalized abortion, stop assuming all Catholics have the prelate’s back rather than the pol’s. When Catholic politicians draft legislation like the religious liberty bills popping up on Capitol Hill right now, stop accepting their assertion that the birth-control ban is “a major tenet” of Catholic faith, as Florida Senator Marco Rubio called it this month. For the vast majority of Catholics, it isn’t.

And for that matter, stop forgetting that in the 2008 election, 54% of Catholic voters ignored their bishops and backed a pro-choice presidential candidate like Obama. I certainly don’t point that out as some kind of endorsement of Obama in 2012. I’m simply noting that pundits and politicians need smarter criteria for gauging the Catholic vote — just as advisers in Obama’s White House shouldn’t have been so clueless about religious issues when they first decreed the contraception mandate. If the tragedy of the 2002 abuse crisis reminds us of anything, it’s that religion does matter in politics. Just ask the church leaders who are still paying a political price for their religious code of silence.

Must Read – Address by Dhuje Parbhu at the Inaugural Christian Reforms Foundation meeting at YMCA Hall, Mangalore

Must Read- Address by Dhuje Parbhu at the Inaugural Christian Reforms Foundation meeting at YMCA Hall, Mangalore

Bishops and Clergy in this country think that the church belongs to them and we the laity are docile, simple, cows and buffaloes. So far because of lack of proper laity organisation in the church, they took us for  a ride. Vatican II never favors the laity and calls us as the “subjects” of the Bishops. After all one must know that Vatican II is the council of Bishops to safeguard their interests…..Read More

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IT probe against CASK- (Catholic Association of South Kanara)

IT probe against CASK- (Catholic Association of South Kanara)

source: The Canara Times

MANGALORE : The Income Tax Department which has accused the Catholic Association of South Kanara (CASK) of tax evasion, has ordered a probe into the same. If the Mangalore Bishop is the patron of CASK, all the day-to-day affairs are monitored by his Marcel Monteiro.

The CASK President had issued three circulars. If the circular dated 1-6-2011 had declared that the Association had earned a revenue of Rs 6,38,600/- through sale of liquor, another circular dated 6-6-2011 had said that 11900 dollars had been received for the centenary fund from Christians in America and Canada. The third circular dated 9-6-2011 had declared that the CASK had received a donation of Rs one crore.

It has been learnt that the CASK had not shown records pertaining to the above funds exceeding Rs 2 crore neither in its statement of accounts nor had paid taxes for the same.Reliable sources revealed that CASK intended to deposit this amount in the name of the office bearers and members of the Association.

The Income Tax Department which has ordered a probe has said that all members and office bearers of the Association as well as the Bishop would be enquired individually and that legal action would also follow.

VERY IMPORTANT- Justice Saldanha’s letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Mangalore.

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL INDIA

(KARNATAKA CHAPTER) NGO

NON-GOVERNMENTAL, NON-PARTY, PEOPLES COALITION AGAINST CORRUPTION AND FOR TRANSPARENCY. INTEGGRITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

A CHAPTER OF TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL INDIA, NEW DELHI ACCREDITED TO TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL, OTTO-SUHR-ALLEE 97-99 D-10585, BERLIN, GERMANY

A-6 Casa Lavelle – 3, Lavelle Road, Bangalore – 560 001 – India Tel: 91-080-2211789, E-mail: transcheck@gmail.com

BY REGD. A.D. / SPEED POST

 “PRIORITY MOST URGENT”

 06th February 2012

The Deputy Commissioner,

Mangalore.

            M/s. Transparency International is a highly respected global institution which inter-alia fights corruption and mal-administration, and in India, it investigates and acts through the State and Central Governments, the Lokayuktas and the Courts in combating malpractices in the public domain.  This body has earned National and Global repute for having investigated and redressed cases of corruption where public servants have mis-conducted themselves resulting in corrupt practices and break-down of the Law and Order situation.  One of the principles that is followed is that the public servant concerned is confronted with the Heads of the Charges, given an opportunity to defend, and after a careful evaluation, the action follows.

There has been serious concern with regard to the break-down of the Law and Order situation particularly in the city of Mangalore as also in different parts of the District, particularly after you have taken over as the D.C. The charge against you is that you are not only close to but are actively mixed up with communal elements who are instigating hatred and violence and that you have now emboldened yourself to the extent of appearing in public  at all important functions organized by these Groups.  This is not permissible as far as a public servant holding a responsible position is concerned.  There is a lot of media coverage as far as this charge goes culminating in two very serious instances.  The first of them is when you prominently appeared at a function organized by one of these Groups and wore a saffron shawl which is proof of your total alignment.  This was followed up by another very serious incident where a van selling hate literature was positioned outside your office for the whole day and thousands of copies of this material was distributed.  There is photographic evidence to establish these two incidents and if there is anything that you wish to point out in your defense, you are entitled to do so.

         Whereas the first charge relates to active collusion and connivance, there is an allied charge against you that despite 27 public demands from individuals and organizations spread over the last several weeks, to take action for extradition of the guilty individuals under the Police Act that you have done nothing up to the present point of time. This action is mandatory and not discretionary and the non-action is conclusive proof of total collusion with the law-breakers.  This patronage from the DC has openly encouraged the persons involved in these unlawful activities to instigate violence and communal hatred and they are 100% confident that the authority who is statutorily empowered and required to act against them will not do so.                

          This constitutes showing of favor to persons who are on the wrong side of the Law and constitutes an offence punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act.  There is a file full of material under this Head of Charge including videos and audio C.Ds.  It is open to you to put forward your defense in respect of this Head of Charge.

         Incidents of extreme seriousness had occurred with regard to malafide, vicious and vindictive action directed against a Kannada Publication by the name of ‘Karavali Ale’.  Anti-social elements were used to attack the Press and to interfere with the circulation and it was found that the Police and the Administration were co-conspirators in these offences.  At the instance of some highly placed individuals, the Editor was arrested on false and untenable charges shifted from place to place and even produced in Court in chains.  These incidents shook the conscience of the State of Karnataka, the sub-continent and came in for condemnation by the global media.  The Karnataka High Court passed severe strictures against the State Government and the individuals involved and even ordered the payment of heavy compensation.  There is a very strong Report from the Press Council of India in respect of these incidents which is under consideration by a host of International bodies.  The State Human Rights Commission has condemned every one of these actions and has recommended stringent steps to the Government of    India.  Regardless of this background, it is reported to Transparency International India, that you have issued fresh Summons to the Publication and are trying to reopen the matter inter alia to harass and blackmail.  In the background of charges (1) and (2) the irresistible conclusion is that this action which bristles with malafides is at the instance of the various communal elements whom you are heavily mixed up with.  This automatically and totally disqualifies you from taking any steps in the matter not because they are completely and totally unjustified but more importantly because you have a personal animus against the Publication.  It is reported that merely because they have carried news and photographs in relation to charges (1) and (2) which have also been carried by the rest of the media and TV channels that you are not only biased but motivated.  If the Law permits any enquiry to be held, it will have to be done by an authority other than yourself as it is well settled Law that no proper or fair enquiry can be conducted if the Enquiry Officer is himself tainted.  Also, there is a well defined principle which has to be observed namely that there has to be valid factual and legal justification for initiating such a step, it is required to be stated as to under which Provision of Law, the proceeding is being initiated and if these ingredients are satisfied, a valid Show-cause Notice setting out the Heads of Charge and the material in support have to be served on the affected party.  If the allegations are disputed, a proper enquiry will have to follow in keeping with the rules of Natural Justice resulting in an Order that passes legal scrutiny.  The Law also postulates that if the Order is adverse that it cannot be given effect to until a reasonable period of time for filing an Appeal or challenging it in Court as elapsed.  On the facts of the present case, in spite of what has been pointed out to you, if you insist on conducting the enquiry for yourself, the proceeding will be rendered void, apart from the fact that it will be added proof of malafide action and will invite a strong Order from the High Court, in addition to disciplinary action.  Also, it is well settled Law that if such a proceeding is instituted without there being valid and cogent justification, that the Law prescribes heavy penalty on the official concerned.

             This notice is being formally served on you and considering the fact that you hold a responsible position, reasonable time of Four Weeks is accorded to you to put forward whatever reply / defense you may desire to adduce.  If no reply is received within the prescribed period of time, it will be presumed that you have nothing to say by way of defense and that the Heads of Charge stand admitted.

Finally, it is in your own interest to STAY any further steps in the enquiry until these issues are decided.

 

For TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL INDIA,

 (KARNATAKA CHAPTER),

Sd/-

(JUSTICE M.F. SALDANHA)     

CHAIRMAN.

  Copies distributed to press by PUCL, for favor of wide publicity

         (P.B D’Sa)

Letter from The President of KKSV to the Inspector General of Poice (WR)

Letter from The President of KKSV to the Inspector General of Poice (WR)

by : Suresh Bhat (President of KKSV)

Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike, D.K. District

(Karnataka Communal Harmony Forum)

Samir Building, Bibi Alabi Road, Mangalore – 575 001, Ph: 9964071782

Mangalore

January 23, 2012

The Inspector General of Police (WR)

Mangalore

Sir,

Sub: Yesterday’s (22.1.2012) Untoward Incidents at Uppinangadi and Haleyangadi

There is no disputing the fact that yesterday’s clashes at Uppinagady were the direct result of some extremely provocative speeches by certain notorious leaders of Sangh Parivar. No further proof is required for the fact that a very clear violation of IPC sections 153A, 153B, 295A etc had taken place. The police ought to have taken suo motu action on the spot. That they did nothing of the kind is unpardonable.

In the Haleyangadi incident, Sunil Patil, a police sub-inspector, had not only trespassed into church premises but had behaved and spoken in a manner most unbecoming of a policeman. It is reported by the pastor of theHebronChurchwho was present at the spot that Mr. Patil threatened to bring the Hindu Jagran Vedike activists waiting outside and create a ruckus inside the church. He had reportedly used abusive language and even abused God. Later, during the public meeting in the town some very provocative speeches were delivered.

We have a strong feeling that all these incidents are nothing but precursors to a much bigger catastrophe. Therefore we strongly urge that the department should act immediately to arrest any such trends and nip it in the bud. We also call upon the senior police officers not to be cowed down by threats of transfers but discharge their constitutional duties and maintain peace and harmony in the district.

Yours truly,

for Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike,

(District President)

KKSV Memorandum – Letter to The Superintendent of Police

KKSV Memorandum – Letter to The Superintendent of Police

by: Suresh Bhat( President of Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike)

 Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike,

Dakshina Kannada

SamirBuilding,Bibi Alabi Road, Mangalore – 575 001, Ph: 9964071782

________________________________________________________________

Mangalore

January 31, 2012

Memorandum

The Superintendent of Police

Dakshina Kannada District

Sir,

Civil society and especially the members of the Minority communities are shocked to note the presence of the highly controversial Dr. Kalladka Prabhaker Bhat during the inaugural function of the new office building of Mangalore City Police Commissioner on 28thJanuary 2012. And he was seated not among the spectators but in the very front row and in full glare of the TV cameras. Persons occupying the highest positions in the government and the administration were present during this function and the list includes the chief minister and the home minister of the state.

Everyone and more so the police are well aware of the fact that Mr. K.P.Bhat has been making hate speeches prejudicial to national integration and has also been posing open challenges to the police to arrest the guilty(in the Sullia incident). That an FIR has been booked against him under IPC sections 153A and 295A for his extremely vulgar and provocative speech (made recently at Uppinangady in Dakshina Kannada district) is by now widely known not only in Karnataka but almost all over India. Hence you cannot be unaware of the kind of message that his presence at this function has conveyed to the people of the country. The inevitable conclusion is that he was showing off his influence and his defiance of or contempt for the law and order machinery. Isn’t it true that if an ordinary citizen were to make such horrendous remarks from a public platform, he would have been interrupted, suo motu action would have been taken, an FIR would have been registered immediately, the investigation too would have been swift and the person would have been taken into custody within a matter of minutes?

This latest incident has only served to reinforce the widespread belief that there are different sets of rules for different people as far as the twin districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi are concerned. The unabated incidents of communal atrocities during the past few years and the inaction on the part of the authorities had almost completely eroded the Minority communities’ faith in the police force. Hence when the police registered an FIR against Mr. K.P.Bhat after his Uppinangady speech, it had rekindled people’s hopes. People hoped that this was the beginning of a return to law and order and inter-communal harmony. But this most disgusting and shameful incident of 28th January has all but dashed those hopes to the ground. People are, once again, having grave doubts whether law will take its due course at all. It is therefore imperative that the police should strive to restore people’s hopes and confidence.

In the interests of justice and lasting peace we demand that due process of law should be set in motion without any further waste of time and

  • A case under IPC section 153B should also be registered against Mr. K.P.Bhat.
  • A thorough investigation of all his previous prejudicial activities and offences should be carried out, by enlisting the help of the Central Bureau of Investigation.
  • A proper charge sheet should be filed.
  • A non-bailable warrant should be issued and he should be produced before the court of law and tried for the various offences.

Yours truly,

for Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike, D.K.,