Madhu had shared a post which criticised Kodiyeri's announcement offering a job to Neenu, whose husband Kevin was murdered in Kottayam for getting married to her.

Kerala govt official suspended for sharing post critical of Kodiyeri mulls legal options
news Controversy Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 10:14

For sharing a social media post criticising CPI (M) State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, the head of a Congress supported NGO who works as a clerk in the PWD was suspended in Thiruvananthapuram. 

Madhu was suspended for reportedly sharing a post regarding Kevin, a young man who was abducted and murdered in Kottayam for marrying a woman from an affluent and higher caste family.

The suspension was enforced after a complaint signed as 'left traveller' was received by the Public Works Department (PWD) Minister. 

Following his suspension, Madhu who works as head clerk of the Aryurveda college special building sub-division has decided to take legal recourse. 

Madhu had shared a post by social media user 'Shoukat Ali' which criticised Kodiyeri's announcement offering a job to Neenu, wife of Kevin. 

"If you only give jobs to those who you murder, what about the girls who are waiting for jobs after writing their PSC exams," the post read. Following this, Madhu received his suspension. 

Questioning the decision to suspend Madhu, Congress affiliated organisations have asked how sharing somebody's else's post which criticised the party secretary Kodiyeri amounted to violation of this rule in the code of conduct. Legal and organisational action will be taken in this regard, they said. 

The suspension is for circulating defamatory messages against the government using social media, the statement issued by the public works (general administration) Chief Engineer clarified. 

Madhu's violation of Rule 60 (a) in the code of conduct for government employees is the reason for his suspension, the statement further read. 

The 60 (a) rule in the Code of Conduct for Government employees in the state says, "No government servant shall, by any utterance, writing or otherwise discuss or criticise in public or at any meeting or association or body, any policy pursued or action taken by Government nor shall in any manner participate in such discussion or criticism." 

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