An inquiry will be conducted into the caste of YSR Congress party MLA Vundavalli Sridevi, who got elected from Tadikonda assembly constituency reserved for Scheduled Castes, but claimed that she is a Christian.
Guntur district joint collector A S Dinesh Kumar, who is also an additional district magistrate and chairman of district-level scrutiny committee, sent notices to Sridevi asking her to appear before the scrutiny committee by 3 pm on November 26.
The joint collector asked Sridevi to bring relevant documents and certificates to prove that she belongs to Scheduled Castes, failing which the committee would take a decision based on the available documents, material and evidence as submitted by the district collector.
“You can bring your parents/guardian and blood relatives to assist you during the inquiry,” he said.
The inquiry was ordered following a direction from President of India Ram Nath Kovind who wrote to then chief secretary L V Subrahmanyam, who in turn asked Guntur district authorities to conduct a probe into the complaint that she had allegedly produced a false election affidavit and misused the SC status.
Sridevi, however, claimed that there was nothing wrong in having belief in Christianity and there were Supreme Court guidelines on it.
She further explained that there was no relation between caste and religion. Caste would not be identified based on religious faith, she added.