Kerala collector who barred Mohan Bhagwat from hoisting Tricolour transferred

Palakkad (Kerala), August 17: District Collector of Palakkad P. Marykutty, who had issued restraining orders to prevent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat from hoisting the national flag at a government school here on Independence Day, was transferred on Thursday.

The Kerala Government, however, said that it’s a “routine transfer” since four other District Collectors have also been transferred with Marykutty in a reshuffle announced today.

According to reports, Marykutty has now been appointed as panchayat director, and will be replaced by marketfed managing director Suresh Babu. The decision was taken during a cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

On August 15, Bhagwat was stopped from hoisting the national flag in the Karnakkiyamman School here.

The District Collector issued a memo to the school in this regard, categorically stating that it was inappropriate for a political leader to hoist the national flag in an aided school. He added that only a teacher or elected representative of the people was allowed to do so.

However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) challenged the Collector’s decision; standing affirmative that Bhagwat would hoist the flag.(ANI)

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