Mumbai, March 20: Five Maharashtra MLAs accused of assaulting a police officer in the Assembly yesterday have been suspended till this year-end and face arrest.
Bahujan Vikas Party’s Kshitij Thakur, MNS’s Ram Kadam, Shiv Sena’s Rajan Salvi and Pradeep Jaiswal, and the BJP’s Jaykumar Rawal have been barred from entering the House premises during the ongoing budget session, the monsoon session in July and the winter session in Nagpur in December.
The suspensions followed the adoption today of a unanimous resolution, moved by state parliamentary affairs minister Harshwardhan Patil, by voice vote.
Kadam, the legislator from Raj Thackeray’s MNS, was suspended earlier in 2009 when he was part of a group that assaulted Samajwadi MLA Abu Asim Azmi in the Assembly for condemning an MNS campaign against north Indian migrants.
The five allegedly beat up officer Sachin Suryawanshi after he had made a statement in the House on penalising Thakur after the MLA’s car was found cruising at 110kmph, twice the permitted limit, on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link on Monday afternoon.