“Rs 1.98 crore was spent as salary for Singaravelu and eight of the employees who worked under him and Rs 19 lakh was spent as miscellaneous expenses,” revealed the RTI, filed by Kathir, Executive Director, Evidence, an NGO,
Following the suspicious death of Ilavarasan, the state government had appointed the Singaravelu Commission in 2013, and the report was submitted in August this year. The commission had received flak from Dalit activists for allegedly prolonging the probe.
The RTI query on the expenditures of Singaravelu Commission had further drawn the ire of the Dalit activists who claimed that the recommendations and findings of none of the commissions in the recent years had any significance on the incidents, they were appointed to probe.
“The RTI response is shocking. Ilavarasan’s family did not receive a single penny while the government had spent Rs 2.17 crore for the Commission appointed to inquire Ilavarasan’s death,” said Kathir.
He also said that the enquiry commissions do not help in bringing out the truth and rather result in huge expense for the exchequer. “When courts are approached, there is still a chance for the victims to get justice. However, once the enquiry commissions are appointed, it is not possible for them to approach the court,” said Kathir.
“Since 1991, the state government had appointed 45 enquiry commissions. However, in none of the commissions, the victims benefitted. Is there a need to form the enquiry commissions, which are formed at the cost of the tax payers’ money,” questioned Kathir.