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Mehar murder rocks House

THE STATE Government today rejected the demand for a CBI probe into the murder of Mehar Bhargava even as Congress staged a walk out to press the demand in the Vidhan Sabha here today.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 01:02 IST

THE STATE Government today rejected the demand for a CBI probe into the murder of Mehar Bhargava even as Congress staged a walk out to press the demand in the Vidhan Sabha here today.

Cutting across party lines, the members supported the Congress demand with Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey asking the State Government to make a statement on the issue.

Replying to points that Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari raised through an adjournment motion, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Azam Khan said those involved in the murder had a criminal history. A number of policemen had been either placed under suspension or transferred for their laxity, said Khan adding the State Government was not in favour of a CBI probe.

Khan, however, joined the Congress in condemning the incident and said the State Government would ensure action against the criminals.

The State Government was not insensitive towards the issue, he said adding Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav was among the first ones to pay his condolences after Mehar Bhargava’s death. The Speaker had already asked for a statement that would incorporate all the aspects, he said.

A piquant situation prevailed in the House when the members of the BSP and the BJP supported demand of Tiwari who said even husband of the deceased Luv Bhargava had demanded a CBI probe. Besides Tiwari, Congress members Jagdambika Pal, Louis Khurshid and Ram Naresh Yadav, the BSP member Sukhdev Rajbhar and the BJP’s Hukum Singh supported the demand for a CBI probe. It was unfortunate that the situation in Lucknow had reached such a point when women were not feeling safe, said Tiwari. “Either arrest the accused involved in the case within three days or transfer the case to the CBI,” Tiwari said.

What was her fault, asked Tiwari saying Mehar Bhargava had only objected to the remarks passed against her daughter-in-law. Is it not the right of a mother or mother-in-law to protect her daughter or daughter-in-law from eve teasers, said Tiwari.

Mehar raised her voice to protect her daughter in law, said Tiwari adding she was attacked at a few yards distance from the SSP’s residence. The State Government was under pressure of a mafia don, said Tiwari adding the mafia patronised the criminals involved in the case.

“If you do not intend to arrest the accused then transfer the case to CBI,” said Louis Khurshid adding it was strange that a cash award of only Rs 2500 (which was raised to Rs 5,000 on Monday) had been announced on the head of the accused.

Khurshid said she felt ashamed that such a low amount had been announced as cash reward on the head of accused. Jagdambika Pal said Mehar belonged to a reputed family of Lucknow and her mother-in-law Rani Lila Ram Kumar Bhargava had a great contribution to the culture of Lucknow.

First Published: Mar 28, 2006 01:02 IST