Guwahati, Sept. 21: Former Congress MP from Guwahati Kirip Chaliha appeared before the Assam State Commission for Women today for allegedly making objectionable remarks against a woman IPS officer.
Chaliha, known to be in the anti-Tarun Gogoi camp of the faction-ridden Assam Congress, commented last month on a private TV channel that the “unusual proximity” of Jorhat superintendent of police Sanjukta Parashar with chief minister Tarun Gogoi was a cause for concern.
Subsequently, the commission registered a suo motu case (No. 196/13) against Chaliha on the basis of media reports.
The commission’s chairperson, Meera Baruah, told The Telegraph that Chaliha appeared before them and recorded his statement regarding the case. She said they asked him to appear before them again on November 30.
Refusing to elaborate on the case, Baruah said they felt Chaliha’s remarks were an insult to womenfolk. “We do not want any individual to make such comments about any woman.”
Chaliha’s legal counsellor Aparajita Bhuyan said though she had sought copies of the material based on which the case was taken up against Chaliha, the commission failed to produce any document today. “I was told that the commission would produce the documents in the next hearing of the case on November 30,” she said.
Though Chaliha could not be contacted as he was attending an important executive body meeting of Assam PCC, Bhuyan said he had been a victim of a political conspiracy hatched by his opponents.
“Once we receive the material on the basis of which the commission had registered the case, we will see how to respond to the case,” she said.
Chaliha had made the comment in the midst of the controversy over Congress legislator from Mariani Rupjyoti Kurmi, who had allegedly assaulted the driver of a police vehicle near a tea estate near his constituency.
While the Gogoi government tackled the issue in a guarded manner, the anti-Gogoi camp went public on the issue, with Chaliha critisising the Jorhat superintendent on TV, inviting the ire of the women’s panel.