Araku MP Geetha’s brother Vivekananda is not an ST says Collector

Friday, March 11, 2016
Salur (Vizianagaram)

East Godavari District Collector Arun Kumar who headed the District Level Scrutiny Committee issued orders that the Vivekananda Kumar brother of Araku Valley MP Kothapalli Geetha is not ST as claimed, said the legal adviser of Uttarandhra Girijana Employees Association Regu Maheswara Rao.

Speaking to press at Salur in Vizianagaram, he said Vivekananda got the job in Oriental Insurance Company with a false caste certificate. The High Court has ordered the District Collector to make an inquiry into the issue but the inquiry was delayed.

In the meanwhile, Kothapalli Geetha was elected as MP in 2014 general elections and following a petition filed that the election was not valid, the High Court has ordered a probe in June 2015. Even then, the administration did not complete the inquiry in stipulated time and a contempt petition was filed on February 8 and the court ordered notices and to appear before it on March 3, 2016.

After inquiry, the District Collector ordered that Vivekananda Kumar is not a Girijan. Since Geetha was in Parliament sessions, she expressed her inability to attend before the authority and the Collector adjourned the inquiry.

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