Report on Kerala House 'raid' in Delhi submitted
| Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 19:25
New Delhi: Divisional Commissioner of Delhi A. Anbarasu submitted his report on the Kerala House 'raid' by Delhi Police to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday.
In his report, Anbarasu concluded: "Delhi Police had no authority to enter, enquire and search the alleged presence and sale of cow meat in the canteen."
Some 20 policemen 'raided' Kerala House on October 26 after a fringe right-wing outfit Hindu Sena alleged that beef (cow meat) was being served on its premises.
Later, it turned out that carabeef (buffalo meat) was being served in the Kerala House canteen.
Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on October 29 had asked the divisional commissioner to submit his fact-finding report within a week. The report will be sent to the home ministry and the Kerala government.
"Director, Animal Husbandry, GNCTD/Veterinary officer are competent to enter any premises and to search and seize the place where he has reasons to believe that an offence either has been committed or is likely to be committed," Anbarasu wrote in the report.
He mentioned in the report that the police team did not follow the prescribed provisions of the Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation (DACP) Act 1994 by not informing the competent authority and ensuring their presence at the time of the visit.
"The entry of Delhi Police cannot be construed as a visit for enforcement of law and order. They visited for the sole purpose of investigation of a complaint related to serving beef in the canteen of Kerala House," the report said.