Panel report on cop assault in a week
A high-powered committee appointed by the state legislature to investigate the assault on a police sub-inspector in the Vidhan Bhavan premises on March 19 and the subsequent suspension of five MLAs will begin its work from Monday.mumbai Updated: Mar 30, 2013 01:30 IST
A high-powered committee appointed by the state legislature to investigate the assault on a police sub-inspector in the Vidhan Bhavan premises on March 19 and the subsequent suspension of five MLAs will begin its work from Monday.
The committee expects to complete the inquiry in three meetings and submit its report to the Speaker by next weekend.
The seven-member panel will question the police officer, suspended traffic cop Sachin Suryavanshi, along with the suspended MLAs — Ram Kadam, Kshitij Thakur, Rajan Salvi, Jaikumar Raval and Pradeep Jaiswal.
Suryavanshi is likely to be questioned on Monday. The committee will also summon the heads of departments responsible for security and administration inside Vidhan Bhavan.
Sources said the two sides have been allotted separate time slots to avoid further trouble.
“The committee will watch the CCTV footage of the incident and the video shot by Thakur on his mobile phone during his altercation with Suryavanshi on the Bandra-Worli sea link,” said a member of the committee. He said if the footage is inconclusive, the thrust will be on the statements of the personnel and officials present at the scene.
The House has authorised the panel to review the suspension of the legislators, and probe the entire matter. The PSI would be asked to explain why he allegedly used inappropriate language with Thakur and intimidated other MLAs on the day of his alleged assault.
The panel is expected to make a statement on the city police for turning the episode into a face-off with the legislators, even though the Speaker had apologised to the police and the people. It may also ask the House to make a formal code of conduct for legislators.
“We may consider inspecting Suryavanshi’s phone records, the role played by senior IPS officials and the application of certain sections of the Indian Penal Code in the FIR,” said the member.
Another member, legislator Dilip Sopal, said: “Our inquiry would be conducted in a fair manner and the committee will try its best to keep it transparent.”
Senior legislator Ganpatrao Deshmukh of the Peasants and Workers Party is leading the committee comprising presiding officers Dilip Sopal (Ind), Nawab Malik (NCP), Girish Bapat (BJP), RM Wani (Shiv Sena), Sadashivrao Patil (Ind) and Uttamrao Dikle (MNS).