The Gujarat high court has ordered a CID probe into last month’s alleged assault on a toll plaza employee by a BJP MLA and his son, saying the police inaction in the case was beyond words.
“The government wants the culture of VIP to be eradicated and inculcate the culture of EIP (every person is important). Is an MLA so important a person that he can decline to pay toll at the toll booth which every citizen is otherwise duty bound to pay unless exempted by law,” judge JB Pardiwala said on Saturday.
Talala legislator Govind Parmar and his son were alleged to have beaten up Urvish Solanki, a toll plaza employee on April 13 after staff at the plaza asked the duo for 70 rupees towards toll ticket.
Solanki had moved the court, accusing the MLA and his son of assaulting him and also pointing a gun at his head, threatening the toll plaza staff never to ask for payment at the toll. He went to the court after the police registered an FIR at the behest of the MLA but failed to act on his own complaint.
“The highhandedness of the police is to such an extent that I am unable to express the same in words,” the judge said in his order, a copy of which is available with HT.
The court observed that despite the availability of CCTV footage of the incident, the police had not taken significant action.
Parmar is a second term MLA. He had lost the election in 2012 but got elected again in 2014 following a by-election.