Energy minister receives flak for getting distressed citizen arrested

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, Mar 2: The action of the state energy minister, D K Shivakumar, in getting a social activist arrested for calling him to relate his woes because of irregular power supply, and the way in which the local police arrested him by breaking open the door of his house at night, have come in for severe criticism from all over the state. Most of the people who posted their opinions in social websites felt this as an arrogant attempt at crushing the voices of dissent coming from the general public.

Sai Giridhar Rai, social activist, entrepreneur, and farmer from Bellare in Sullia taluk of Dakshina Kannada district was arrested by police on Sunday night after he called the minister to relate his woes. The minister claimed that the caller had used derogatory language with him during heated exchange of words between the two.

Vedavati, mother of Rai, said that the policemen who approached her home at 10 pm to take her son away were questioned from behind the doors whether they were policemen. The policemen, in a voice of arrogance, said that they were thieves. She said the policemen did not heed to her plea that her son would personally come to the station the next morning.

Many have questioned the propriety of getting a common man arrested for contacting the minister, whose job is to serve the citizens. Crushing the voice of a common man, who wanted to share his problems with the minister, has come in for widespread criticism. Many feel that the minister should have sought legal recourse if he was hurt by the caller's utterances, but forcing the police to arrest the man at night by breaking open the doors of his house was unjustified, as per popular opinion.

Well-known advocate, C V Nagesh, felt that this was a blatant misuse of power by the minister. He pointed out that immediate arrest becomes necessary for serious crimes like murder, rape, robbery etc where collection of evidence in time happens to be of prime importance. He said that even the Supreme Court has prescribed that persons should be arrested at night only if it is extremely necessary, and arrest is not necessary in case of offences involving imprisonment of less than seven years. He said the correct course would have been to serve notice to the accused to summon him to the police station, and that he could have been arrested only if he continuously failed to cooperate with the police.

Former Karnataka Lokayukta, Justice N Santosh Hegde, also said that the person who tried to brief the minister about his power woes was not involved with heinous crimes like murder. He also criticized the police for rushing to arrest the accused at night just because a minister had called them. He wanted to know whether the police show the same enthusiasm in all similar cases.

D K Shivakumar speaks

In the meanwhile, Shivakumar, speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, said that he had complained against Sai Giridhar Rai from Bellare for repeatedly calling him and officials of his office and denigrating them with abusive words. He clarified that he had called Dakshina Kannada superintendent of police on this issue, and instructed the police to register case against Rai, on the basis of which the caller was arrested.

"Giridhar Rai called me as well as my office staff for three consecutive days and used filthy language in the guise of narrating power problems. As he continued to behave in this way, I contacted officials in the district, who too said they were also at the receiving end of his verbal tirades since the last six months. The officials also told me that Rai claimed himself to be a BJP activist and therefore could do anything at his whims and fancies. Because of these developments, I had to complain against him," the minster claimed. 

Other versions

It is also gathered that within a few minutes since Rai called up the minister, Sullia Mescom engineer, Harish Naik, filed complaint in Sillia station against Rai, accusing Giridhar of abusing the former. Thereafter, a team of policemen led by Sullia police circle inspector, Satish BS, and sub-inspector, Chandrashekhar, arrested the accused.

Superintendent of police of Dakshina Kannada district, Dr S D Sharanappa, said that the policemen went to arrest Rai on the basis of complaint filed by an officer of Mescom. He said that Rai used to call Mescom officials and energy minister and talk rashly with them. He charged the family of behaving rudely with the police who went there to arrest Rai and making them to wait outside for two hours.

But the family says 12 policemen who came in three vehicles rushed inside by breaking open the rear door without waiting to listen what the family had to say. Within minutes, they dragged Rai away. Giridhar's wife, Vinaya, said that in the interests of the people of the area, her husband had called the minister and placed before him the woes of the local people. Peruvaje gram panchayat vice president, Sunil, also said that Giridhar used to contact Mescom officials frequently to explain to them the problems faced by people on account of power outage. He said the arrest of Rai was shocking. 


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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, UDUPI/NEW YORK,USA.

    Thu, Mar 03 2016

    Giridhar Rai complained to the energy minister D K Shivakumar about the power crisis on his behalf and also the neighbours. There was no need for the police to break his door in the middle of the night and arrest him. That was inhuman. This shows he used his power. This happens all the time when someone is helpless.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Promenade Road,Frazer Town,B'lore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016


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  • AVITH MONIS, Belthangady

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    its not right to any individual person calling directly to power minister.. if anybody do same thing in foreign nations they will awarded by more than this.. people expecting too much freedom from democracy ..its not good.. instead of this people should go diplomatic way..people should approach local MLA OR District in charge take this matter to minister.. Because they are directly connected with local people ..

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  • vasanth, mulki

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    what is going on in this state. last time bellary MLA transferred police officer now DKS informed DK police to arrest Rai. everywhere goondaraj. these congress people are fit for blame modi/bjp & not to rule this state.

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  • FUTURE, Mangaluru

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    This Energy Minister is waking/working up late. When rest of country is using wind and solar power why does he use his Ministerial powers to kick someones else Citizens/voter power to question him. Minister there are some employees who are also not sane. They will abuse and threaten willful financially troubled power supply users. What action against them.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Sai Giridhar Rai is from BJP. So he will definitely use abusive language against ruling non-BJP Govt

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  • Jossie, mangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    If i complaint against DKS whether DK SP instruct the police to arrest DKS

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  • Naresh, Dehli

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    bjp walo ko tweet karthe ho,
    dks ko internet nahee aatha hai kya?
    phone kiya tho arrest hoga ya transfer hoga.

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  • Wilson, Mangauru/Saudi

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Mr.D.K.s, Please resign to minister ship, and sit at home. People elected you as M.L.A. not minister.Mind that,In democracy citizen is boss. To lead the portfolio you should have patience,tolerance, and potential.

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  • Wilson, Mangauru/Saudi

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Mr.D.K.s, Please resign to minister ship, and sit at home. People elected you as M.L.A. not minister.Mind that,In democracy citizen is boss. To lead the portfolio you should have patience,tolerance, and potential.

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  • shankar, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Goondas should not be given power.

    You may take the meaning of "power" at your discretion. I meant people like Rai who uses abusive language on His Excellency The Minister, should not be given electricity!!!

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    I agree Shankar, but what to do... our Central Govt too has ministers who are facing criminal cases (including rape charges!).

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  • V v, Bahrain

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    This guy DKS is living in the helm of money and muscle power .

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  • Dheena, Mangalore/Africa

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Dear Friends,
    Please take utmost care while commenting on this article. If you write anything against this Minister, definitely he will identify you using the source of your e mail and send police to your house to harass you and your family.

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    If he has guts let them do it.. who care

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    I will support Jeevan here. Who cares to this type of arrogant Minister, irrespective of party affiliation.

    Nobody can suppress people's voice.

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  • Richard, Shirva/Sharjah

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    @Dheena, Mangalore/Africa..u dont be scared, he will not come to Africa ..he is one of chor party minister that is why he is threatening people !!..he may be got looted portion of corruption money so he is adamant!!

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  • Sathurine Fernandes, udupi

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Very bad Part of this Minister .In fact this minister could have politely resolved the issue.Since they have power & Money they drive the Innocent People who raise their Voice.Good that this minister did not become CMof Karnataka.This Issue must be raised to the President of Congress Party as well as Home Minister of Karnataka.This Minister should be refrained by becoming state President of Congress Party.

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  • JS, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Honarable CM if you have any respect for that seat pls kick out Power Minister & arrest him & take action against the culprit or else we will have to take PM help where is Papu & Sonia is she sleeping.

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    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Another name for "Goondagiri" in Karnataka politics is " D.K.Shivakumar"!!!!!. Devegowda done so many political blunders in his political life. One of them is, he worked hard to winning for D.K.Shivakumar from Sathanur by-election in 1984-85 against official Janatha party candidate!!!!, only because DKS is Vokkaliga boy!!!!!!!

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  • Alwyn Crasta, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Congress party in Karnataka, due to the high-handed, indifferent attitude of its leaders, is digging its own grave.

    Many frustrated, cheated, humiliated supporters of the ruling party, having lost their patience and confidence in securing justice and good/corruption-free governance, are waiting to attend its last rites.

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  • Jennifer, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    If this kind of case keep continuing I think there might come a day where voting booths might be open for election but people might not be there to vote. The people are loosing the trust on the government. Instead of solving the problem, these kind of ministers are creating more problem. What do they think just because they are in the authority they can do anything. Useless is not a word to describe such kind of people anything worster than that will do.

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  • sudhir kumar, kulshekar / kuwait

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Minister is not in a position to hear complaint from public. Then how he can serve public? May be need only votes from people. Definitely, Mr. Rai might have got frustrated with the power cut problems facing from long time and nobody would hear problem and not interested in resolving. That is why finally he might have approached minister office and later minister directly since problem is not resolved. Definitely, police might have acted aggressive since directive they have received from minister. Sure, after receiving complaint from Mescom officer, police force will not react so aggressive and will not effort deputing such a huge police force to arrest a common person that too in the night breaking his house. May be minister, police and Mescom officer may be cooking up story to trap Mr. Rai and show energy and minister power. I strongly suggest people of Karnataka should support common public who raised his voice against energy minister.

    I have read few articles published earlier in which a common person raised his problem to our current Honorable Prime Minister and in return, he responded back with the immediate action in the concerned government department. We public of Karnataka need minister to resolve problems faces by public.

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    This is because we put garlands to our ministers (Servants) when they visit to our place....
    Crazy people who runs behind the ministers must understand now...

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  • PINTO, Doha/Qatar

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    This man did nothing wrong by abusing the energy minister. When the electricity goes off, most of the households do same thing and abuse the whole government.this man had the courage to do it by calling the minister

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Minister D.K.Shi is a born arrogant man.He will go to any cheap level if things are against him.I think you must be aware of shooting incident(related to Hi Bangalore Editor Ravi Belgere).Mr.Belgere went to Harappanahalli to cover news with one of the informers who told him about fake Gold Network. There one man took them to one remote place. On reaching that place,3 people came and gave him fake Gold saying that it is pure Gold,when Mr.Belgere realized something fishy and wanted to leave that place,but they attacked and snatched Mobile phone,and Gold chain from Belgere..So,he had no option, he pulled his revolver and shot one that time,news spread like a fire.When Belgere went to Police station to register case..D.K.Shi who was Home Minister,asked Inspector to file a case against Ravi Belgere "Murder attempt on Dalit by Ravi Belgere"..Mr.Ravi Belgere himself wrote about it in Hi B'LORE column "Khasbaat" . He used to unfold all dirty tricks of D.K.Shivkumar in his weekly magazine everytime..So,that was a revenge attack by obedient Congress Minister..He did not change till now..Continuing same goonda rule on common man too..

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  • Robert Pais, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    The Question should not be whether he was born arrogant. The question should be - how come we allow ourselves ( Tolerance!!) for ministers to have this attitude in general?

    We need to be more worried about these issues that lead to arrogant behavior of elected representatives than some Kashmiri's shouting slogans at JNU. We need to more worry about accountability( work, work progress, remind them not to pass the blame)of our public servants.

    Yes we Indians are very tolerant of our existing system of governance. We do not exert or exercise our right by questioning. We allow them to rule us under the misconception that they are on higher pedestal. Whatever party comes then becomes" Same wine in a different cup" nothing changes.

    We need to be prepared to be critical of the party we vote for : as this is the best nationalistic example we can set. Wrong is wrong - do not keep silent.

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  • Kusuma Kumari G Nellore, Kodyadka

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Hope the problem gets solved. Its probably wrong to arrest and also if Mr Rai has used bad language thats also bad SO mistake from all sides. Hope ultimately the power problem gets solved . Thats what public needs here

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Everything is acceptable in Karnataka for two reasons firstly he is from CONGiss & secondly he is pucca Goonda type corrupt Leader!!!! Both qualifications are fulfilled by him so then nothing is applicable to this Minister!!!! If people can remember what Pramod Madhvaraj said few months back in Udupi that 24 hours 7 days a week and 365 days in a year power will be provided even in Udupi region too!!! But since Year-2016 is a leap year, this promise can’t be fulfilled I believe!!!!

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  • Robert Pais, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Does not matter what party he belongs to. He is the product of our society. People have elected him. To say he is bad because of his party is bad logic.

    When we do not have time to question the "PUBLIC SERVANTS" we get this. If you have read the Drama written by Dr. Chandrashekara Kumbara called " Jaisiddha nayaka" you will understand what i mean.

    It is high time we change our culture of keeping " public servants" on a higher pedestal. This is not to say the Servant word is a demeaning lower one. Every one deserves respect as a human being.

    Lets not blame Modi or Rahul for our woes. The problems faced by our DC when he visited Taluk offices was recently reported. How many readers took time to read the article, how many commented?

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  • PAM Suvarna, Karla

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    This useless minister not even handle and convince a common man such being the case how he can discharge his duty as minister of a state?As heard he is even trying for KPCC Presidential post!Just imagine the scenario.

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  • MDSouza, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Abuse of power by DKS. Why Mr Rai was not given a chance to have a lawyer for him? The allegation is that he abused DKS. What is Mr Rai's version?
    I request all people to stand with Mr Rai. It can happen to you and me.
    Jannanna.....we need a press conference on this topic. Please support Mr Rai

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    First of all DKS and his family are corrupted people. Everybody knows that the minister DKS is a ....class human being. Looks like the police officials worked like personal bodyguards of the minister. Now it is well proved beyond doubt that the police are not here to serve the common man but only their personal interest or they work in fear or they work for, by and of the politicians.

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  • Raman,

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    He forgot his oath. Instead of serving the people and addressing their concerns he sitting inside a A/C room least concerned about the citizens.

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  • Robert Pais, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Why do we expect Rahul Gandhi to react?

    How do we react to this? Are the ministers not one among us? Why do they behave this way - unless we have given them the freeway?

    We put their placards congratulating them before a road repair is fully implemented. We call them for ribbon cutting. We go to them for favors but do not have time to question them if they are doing their jobs.

    We have put them on a higher pedestal. This is what we get. Why blame Rahul Gandhi or for that matter any one else but ourselves?

    We react via comments to issues of politics etc but judging by the peoples comments do not have interest to read articles concerning the accountability ( half done work, articles related to grievances).

    There are no Rulers/kings/colonial British here. Yet unless we join hands with Mr. Rai the ghosts of the past still rule us.
    1. Minister is the legislator branch of government. Does he have authority to arrest people?
    2. As a citizen of India he too can lodge a complaint.
    3. If Mr. Rai has suffered the indignity for our sake- he is a true hero. Lets call him for ribbon cutting instead of the minister !!

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  • vk, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    When people choose goondas to become ministers, this act is not surprising.

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  • Anand, Surathkal

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Good for nothing ministers. When a aggrieved person gets irresponsible or arrogant reply from the service provider he will naturally lose his cool on whoever it may be. Only the voters should give the correct befitting reply to such politicians.This is inappropriate handling by police.

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  • Santosh,K, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Iam A leader of BJP I can do anything this type of bad words from him to the minister. MODI is responding to all letters. Why this man not written letter to PM MODI ?????????????

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Santosh, Modi replies only to Pappu or little children ...

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  • hemanth, bangalore

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Then ask Rahul Gandhi to write letter

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    hemanth, you draft, he can only copy ...

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  • JK, Udupi

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    This is nothing but gunda raaj in Karnataka. Police couldn't wait till morning, broke his door in the night?. When people are sending messages to Modi, Sushma Swaraj or Suresh Prabhu, we all know how they dealt with messages. This is the difference between BJP and Congress.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    What is the difference between Pomeranian & Poodle ...

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    Wed, Mar 02 2016

    Why is Mr Rahul Gandhi silent on this high handed attitude of the Minister? Berating the Central govt., and turning a blind eye to the State Govt of his party speaks of double standards. Justice must be done to the distressed citizen. State should compensate for breaking open the door and arresting him which is against law as the citizen was not a criminal.

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