Less than a month before Gandhi Jayanti, on September 6, two staffers of the committee that is supposed to look after the Gandhi samadhi and protect its sanctity committed sacrilege.
Raju and Sumit, two employees of the Rajghat Samadhi Committee, on that day drank in full public view near the parking lot. They even abused visitors who came to pay respects to the Father of the Nation.
The IP Estate Police arrested the two and registered a criminal case against them. Also, the committee suspended them. Then the real trouble began. The duo’s co-workers issued a threat that they would create disturbance and not allow any function to be held on Gandhi Jayanti, that is, on Tuesday. Their sole condition: the suspension be withdrawn and the two be allowed to resume work. Shamelessly.
On Monday, the Delhi High Court issued strict directives to the government to ensure that no untoward incident takes place at Rajghat during the birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi. The court’s intervention came following a petition filed by the committee.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice MK Sharma, passed the order on an application filed by the committee alleging that the employees had threatened to cause disturbance if the suspension order was not withdrawn.