A government official has been placed under suspension following a complaint that he circulated an offensive message on a Whatsapp group insulting Power minister MM Mani.
Basil Joseph, a senior clerk attached to Ernakulam educational sub directorate, has been placed under suspension with investigation pending on the incident, reports Mathrubhumi Online.
The report also states that in a complaint to education minister CB Rajiv, the complainant has pointed out that Basil put the offensive message on the WhatsApp group 'Vidyabhyasa Vakuppu' (Education Department).
Additional Director of General Education initiated the action against Basil for violating service rules after a complaint was filed against him.
Mani has been at the centre of a controversy after being inducted into the cabinet on November 23, 2016.
On May 23, he had made a statement against a collective of women tea plantation workers in Munnar, Penbilai Orumai.
He had alleged that they were engaged in immoral activities during their protest in 2015 for better wages.
The CPI (M) had publically warned him for this, though no disciplinary action was taken against him.
Penbilai Orumaiâ€™s protest in Munnar for ousting the minister from the cabinet didnâ€™t prove successful.
While Mani defended himself by saying that his language was rustic, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that Mani was misquoted.