- T Bheemalingaiah worked with the Ugamadevi Bhawarlal Nahar Theosophical Women’s College at Hospet
- Bheemalingaiah forged letters of the Karnataka State Human Right Commission (KSRC)
- KSHRC registrar P Suryanarayana Gowda then filed a complaint with Vidhana Soudha police accusing Bheemalingaiah of forging documents and signatures.
Angry over not getting his dues, a retired assistant professor of a college has allegedly forged a letter of the Karnataka State Human Right Commission (KSRC) to issue directions to the department to act in his favour.
T Bheemalingaiah worked with the Ugamadevi Bhawarlal Nahar Theosophical Women’s College at Hospet in Ballari district. Vidhana Soudha police have registered a case and collected details from the department.
Bheemalingaiah retired as an assistant professor of the commerce department in February 2018, but his pension and arrears of Rs 29,828 were not settled. When his request to the collegiate department seeking to settle the dues evoked no response, he complained to KSHRC, but in vain. Following this, he allegedly forged a letter in the name of KSHRC asking to the department to settle the issue immediately or face a penalty of Rs 100 per day.
Initially, the department didn’t take it seriously. But when Bheemalingaiah sent the letter three more times, they suspected something amiss. The officials approached KSHRC to verify the sanctity of the letter and found that no such instruction has been issued.
KSHRC registrar P Suryanarayana Gowda then filed a complaint with Vidhana Soudha police accusing Bheemalingaiah of forging documents and signatures.
What is Karnataka State Human Right Commission?
The Karnataka State Human Rights Commission was formally constituted by the Government order No. LAW 20 LAG 05 dated 28 June 2005.
It has the following functions.
- Autonomously investigate on a petition filed by a victim or any person on his/her behalf as a complaint of
- Violation of human rights and instigation or
- Negligence in the prevention of such violations by any public servant.
- Get involved in any proceeding under allegation or violation of human right pending before a court with the approval of that court.
- Inspect living conditions of the inmates in any jail or any other institution under the control of the State Government where persons are detained or lodged for purposes of treatment, reformation or protection.
- Review the safeguards provided in the constitution or any other law for the time it is in force to ensure the protection of human rights
- Review the factors that inhibit the enjoyment of human rights
- Undertake and promote research and awareness programs in the field of human right
- Promote human right awareness through literacy campaigns, publications, seminars etc. for the protection and safeguards available under human rights practices.
- Encourage involvement of Non-Government Organizations and individuals for expansion work in the field of human rights awareness.
- Perform any other functions that may be considered necessary for the promotion of human rights.
It is clarified that though the Commission has the power to inquire in violation of human rights (or instigation thereof) by a public servant. Instances where the human rights are violated by any individual citizen then the Commission can intervene if there is failure or negligence on the part of a public servant to prevent any such violation.