As the MP government instituted a judicial inquiry into the jailbreak and the encounter of eight SIMI operatives under justice SK Pande, the opposition has raised doubts if it would prove to be a mere hogwash and meet the fate of other such judicial probes that have been pending for over last 10 years. The opposition says the state government has “failed” to table reports of as many as nine judicial commissions in the state assembly, which is mandatory.
The state government on Monday instituted a judicial inquiry into the jailbreak and encounter cases, bypassing a demand for an investigation by the National Investigation Agency.
Congress legislator from Gwalior-Chambal region, Ramniwas Rawat has recently written to governor Omprakash Kohali to draw his attention to the alleged apathy of the state government towards tabling the reports of the judicial probes in the state assembly.
‘BJP is in habit of instituting judicial commissions just to placate people’
Congress MLA Ramniwas Rawat told HT: “The BJP is in habit of instituting the judicial commissions just to placate people and divert their attention from the real issue immediately.”
The list of reports include a justice SK Dubey commission inquiry instituted to look into an incident related to election to the post of president in Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) in 2000. Even after 16 years, the report was still pending in the home department, Rawat claimed.
A report prepared by the Gulab Singh Solanki Commission, which was assigned the task of looking into the death of then deputy director commercial tax in 2004, was submitted but was pending in the home department too.
Other report that have not been tabled before the state assembly includes one prepared by Justice SS Jha Commission into the alleged irregularities committed in sale deeds and other irregularities related to Sardar Sarovar Project in 2008 and Justice NK Jain Commission deputed to inquire into a pension scam of the Indore Municipal Corporation. The law department is looking into the reports.
A judicial commission, constituted in 2010 to look into leakage of gas from the erstwhile Union Carbide factory that killed a large number of people in Bhopal in 1984, has submitted its report to the government but allegedly no action was taken in this regard.
The other judicial commissions include CP Kulshrestha commission, RS Tripathi commission and a commission headed by justice (retd) Aryendra Kumar Saxena. Kulshrestha and Saxena are yet to submit their reports to the state government.
The list of nine judicial commission do not include the previous justice SK Pande commission which looked into Datia stampede.
When asked, revenue minister Umashankar Gupta said it was difficult for him to tell right know if how many reports were tabled or not tabled. However, he was sure that the government followed all the procedures. As far as action was concerned the government took actions on recommendations what it deemed fit.