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Report on assault on traffic cop to be made public, says speaker

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 31, 2013
First Published: 09:36 IST(31/7/2013) | Last Updated: 09:39 IST(31/7/2013)

The Ganpatrao Deshmukh committee report on the assault on a police officer inside Vidhan Bhavan will be tabled in a day or two in assembly, speaker Dilip Walse Patil said on Tuesday.

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A question was raised in the house on why the report was not made public, Patil said.
“We have already revealed the recommendation and suggestions of the Ganpatrao Deshmukh committee. There was no ill intention behind the decision of not making the report public,” he said.

“However, we have decided to make the report public in a day or two. The legislators should brace for the reactions and I appeal to them to take it wholeheartedly,” he said.

The assembly had constituted a seven-member probe panel led by senior MLA Ganpatrao Deshmukh on March 25 to investigate the attack on police subinspector Sachin Suryavanshi.

Five MLAs were suspended for their alleged role in the attack which took place on March 19 this year.

Alleging that most of the legislators were suspended for no fault of theirs, opposition demanded review of the decision.

Patil, then, announced the probe panel which submitted its report on April 17 after several meetings and recording statements of more than a dozen persons related to the incident.

The speaker had chosen not to make the report public as it had statements of witnesses recorded by the panel.

He thought that the panel was constituted by him and it was not binding to table the report in the house.

There was apprehension that the report could be utilised by the police department in the case registered against legislators Ram Kadam (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) and Kshitij Thakur (Bahujan Vikas Aghadi) and others for beating up Suryavanshi.

The findings are expected to trigger another controversy on legislators, their conduct and rights.

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