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Sabharwal issue rocks House

PROFESSOR H S Sabharwal?s murder rocked the State assembly on Thursday, triggering uproarious scenes that culminated into the Opposition walkout. The Opposition put the Government on the dock over the issue by seeking replies to mainly two questions: one, why statements of the witnesses were not recorded under section 164 of the Cr PC; two, whether professors of the Madhav College in Ujjain, where the late Sabharwal taught, had named six ABVP leaders in the report to the police.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2006 14:54 IST

PROFESSOR H S Sabharwal’s murder rocked the State assembly on Thursday, triggering uproarious scenes that culminated into the Opposition walkout. The Opposition put the Government on the dock over the issue by seeking replies to mainly two questions: one, why statements of the witnesses were not recorded under section 164 of the Cr PC; two, whether professors of the Madhav College in Ujjain, where the late Sabharwal taught, had named six ABVP leaders in the report to the police.

Minister of State for Home Nagendra Singh had a tough time replying to the questions. He clarified that statements are recorded under section 164 of Cr PC only in the case of apprehension of witnesses turning hostile and in this particular case this was not called for.

His clarification was greeted with loud protests.  About the professors’ memorandum the minister pleaded ignorance. Some of the ministers including Gopal Bhargava and Babulal Gaur came to the rescue of Nagendra Singh but their intervention only increased the bedlam in the House. 

During the hour-long debate through a call attention motion Speaker Ishwardas Rohani had to expunge remarks from both the sides several times.  Dr I M P Verma, Sajjan Singh Verma, Arif Aqueel and others had moved the notice. An angry Rohani reminded the Opposition that despite the case being sub-judice he allowed debate on the murder.  Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also sought to pacify the Opposition by reiterating his resolve that the Government will ensure fair probe and trial in the case.