Dangwimsai Pul in Itanagar on Monday. Telegraph picture
Itanagar, March 6: Dangwimsai Pul, the widow of former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul, today alleged that minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju played a critical role in stalling her plans of meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"I was very optimistic of getting help and assistance from the MPs of our state in my fight for justice, particularly Kiren Rijiju, a good friend of my late husband and someone who also commands and exerts commendable power and reputation at the national level. However, to my utter surprise, he did not even concede to give me an audience, let alone assist or advise me in the case," said Dangwimsai here today.
"I am aghast that the man, who has the time to lecture on whether to eat beef or not or to opine about the ABVP's actions in Delhi University, does not have the time to look into the matter of a former chief minister of his state, who used to be his colleague. These things give me every reason to doubt that even my plan to try to meet the Prime Minister was hindered by him," she said.
Clarifying her reasons for withdrawing from the Supreme Court her petition for a CBI probe into the allegations levelled by Pul in his suicide note, Dangwimsai said: "I was very hopeful of getting justice through the contents of Mere Vichaar (Pul's note) as there are very shocking and serious allegations made against various constitutional heads, politicians, etc. in it. Moreover, a suicide note is a dying man's declaration under Article 32 of the Evidence Act. However, Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar, instead of passing an administrative order, converted my application into a writ petition and listed it before a bench. This directive of Justice Khehar has also compelled me to doubt the integrity of the whole process.
"I wasn't served any notice in advance for the hearing. I was informed through a telephone call on the night of February 22 that hearing for my case had been fixed for the next day at court number 13. I was not even given enough time even to consult my lawyer. To be precise, the CJI was trying to bury the matter so that an investigation could be avoided."
She asserted that the case would have been dismissed had she not withdrawn it.
Dangwimsai alleged that the leaders in the state were trying to sabotage her campaign in every possible way.
Thanking Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal for his assurance to help her, Dangwimsai appealed to Prime Minister Modi to live up to his promise of creating a "corruption-free India" and appealed to him to clip the wings of Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu, deputy chief minister Chowna Mein and government spokesperson P.D. Sona so that a fair and free investigation can be initiated in the case.
Pul's eldest son Ojingso, who was also present during the news conference today, appealed to the students' unions of the state, particularly the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) to support him and his family in their struggle.
The state BJP has strongly condemned the alleged desperate and malicious intention of circulating a letter - purportedly written by BJP state president Tapir Gao to party president Amit Shah requesting him to take disciplinary action against chief minister Khandu, deputy chief minister Mein and government spokesperson Sona over the allegations made in Mere Vichaar.
While asserting that "such mischievous and childish acts" won't bear any fruit, BJP state general secretary Jarpum Gamlin in a statement stated that a complaint has already been lodged at Itanagar police station for necessary action.