New Delhi, Nov 5: The Delhi Police faced a major blow when Delhi Government's Animal Husbandry department stated in a report that it had no business in the Kerala Canteen, which was rampaged on a tip off that it was serving beef.
In a 13-page report, the Kerala House raids as a "preventive measure" was trashed by the government saying that that the entry of the police cannot be "construed as a visit for enforcement of law and order".
Secretary-cum-Commissioner, Development Department, A.Anbarasu, said,"Thee Delhi police had no authority to enter, inquire into or search the alleged presence and sale of cow meat in the canteen, Samridhi."
He further said that the police had visited the canteen twice despite being clearly notified that the canteen served on bufallo meat and not beef.
Anbarasu further said that the Delhi Police team did not follow the prescribed provisions putlined by the Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act by not informing the concerned authority, "which include Director, Animal Husbandry GNCTD or any veterinary officer authorised and ensuring their presence at the time of visit as per provisions of Section 2(b) read with Section 8 of DACP Act."
Recalling the chronology, the report further said that the first team reached the spot at 4:15 pm on Oct 26 and enquired about a complaint of beef being served. Exactly 30 minutes later, there was another team of 20 officials in the premises.