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Friday , April 19 , 2013
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Panel lets off 3 MLAs in cop assault

Mumbai, April 18: A legislative panel set up to probe an alleged assault on a police officer on the Vidhan Bhavan premises on March 19 has recommended that the suspension of three out of five MLAs be revoked.

It has also recommended departmental inquiry against the police sub-inspector who was beaten up, Sachin Suryavanshi.

The report was submitted to Speaker Dilip Walse Patil, who read out the recommendations today, the last day of the budget session. The Assembly, which was scheduled to take a call on the recommendations by the end of the day, could not come to any decision. As a result, all the five MLAs remain suspended, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said.

The seven-member multi-party panel, which scanned CCTV footage and heard 17 witnesses, said it did not find conclusive evidence of the involvement of the Shiv Sena’s Rajan Salvi, Independent member Pradeep Jaiswal and the BJP’s Jaykumar Raval in the assault. It recommended that their suspension till December 31 be revoked.

The panel found Bahujan Vikas Aghadi MLA Kshitij Thakur and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena MLA Ram Kadam guilty of assaulting Suryavanshi. But it recommended that the suspension period of the duo, arrested for the assault, be cut short to the monsoon session in July.

The Speaker had suspended all the five MLAs till December 31. They were barred from entering the state legislature premises for the budget session, the monsoon session in July and the winter session in December.

Patil said the panel had found the conduct of Suryavanshi “objectionable”.