The government on Friday assured the Rajya Sabha that it would seriously look into how the dead body of Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament Brij Bhushan Tiwari was allegedly dumped as an unclaimed body in a city hospital by the Delhi Police on Tuesday night.
The assurance was given by minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajeev Shukla after the entire House supported SP leader Mohan Singh's demand for a probe into the issue.
"The issue is serious. The government will take it up seriously. I will convey it to the home minister for a probe on which strict action will be taken against the guilty," Shukla said.
Earlier, an emotional speech by Singh triggered demands for a probe and referring the issue to the Privileges Committee of the House.
Tiwari, who had taken oath as a member of the House on Tuesday after being elected for a second term, died here of cardiac arrest on the same night.
"A police van had come to take him to the hospital from Shalimar Bagh on April 24 night after he complained of a suspected heart attack. His body was dumped in the mortuary of Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital at 2 am as an unclaimed body," he said.
"At 7 am on Wednesday when I along with the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav reached the hospital, we found the body lying among 20 such unclaimed bodies," he said.
Singh, in a choked voice, said the hospital authorities refused to hand over the body to the SP leaders, saying it was brought by the police as "unclaimed" and could be handed over only after the Assistant Commissioner of Police arrived.
The body lay outside for half-an-hour, reflecting the treatment meted out to an MP, Singh said, after which almost the entire House demanded a probe into the matter.
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury and BJP members said the issue be referred to the privileges committee as it pertained to an MP.
PJ Kurien, who was in the chair, said the chairman will consider the notice for referring the matter to the privilege committee.