Republican Party of India (Democratic) has asked Maharashtra Animal Husbandry Minister Nitin Raut to disclose names of his colleagues who are against discussing the Khairlanji Dalit killings in state Cabinet meetings.
After Dalit ministers had insisted, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had discussed the issue after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Some prominent non-Dalit ministers did not attend the meeting called by the CM, who has assured that the Centre will be requested to reinvestigate the murder case.
Hindustan Times had reported this on August 5. “Raut should reveal the names of his ministerial colleagues who do not want the Khairlanji issue to be discussed,” party president T.M. Kamble said.
“If the state cabinet can discus the James Laine’s bookon Shivaji issue, then why not the Khairlanji issue,” Kamble added.
Dalit ministers alleged that the Khairlanji accused were not tried under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.