Furore in Delhi Assembly over absence of police commissioner
Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal`s absence from the state Assembly during a scheduled discussion on the city`s deteriorating law-and-order situation today led to a huge uproar.
New Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner Y S
Dadwal`s absence from the state Assembly during a scheduled
discussion on the city`s deteriorating law-and-order situation
today led to a huge uproar and protest from both ruling and
Opposition benches, leading to adjournment of the House for
Cutting across party lines, MLAs slammed Dadwal for
failing to turn up, terming it as "contempt of the House" as
well as "insult to the peoples` representatives".
After a meeting with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and
Leader of Opposition V K Malhotra, Speaker Yoganand Shastri
said the discussion on the issue will now take place on Monday
and the top official has been told to remain present in the
"He should have come to the House as he was informed
about the discussion on the issue in advance," Dikshit, who
also looked annoyed at Dadwal`s absence, told reporters.
Earlier, when Shastri asked senior BJP leader Jagdish
Mukhi to begin discussion on the issue, the legislator took
strong exception of Dadwal`s absence saying any deliberation
on the matter will be futile if the official was not present.
Malhotra too said it`s a question of "prestige of the
House" as it has been a tradition that the Police Commissioner
is always present whenever House makes any discussion on law
and order status of the city.
"The Police Commissioner`s absence in the Assembly
during a discussion on law and order is a serious issue of
contempt of the House. It is an insult to the elected members
as well as the chief minister also," he said. Several MLAs
from ruling party also made similar demand vociferously.
Speaker Shastri tried to pacify the members by saying
that Special Commissioner of Police Neeraj Kumar and Home
Secretary GS Patnaik were present in the House, but the
unrelenting members, demanded that discussion be started only
when the police commissioner comes to the assembly.
Amid the din, Shastri adjourned the House for 30
minutes and directed Dikshit to ask Dadwal to come to the
assembly for the discussion.
When the House met again, members from both Congress
and BJP refused to allow the proceedings in absence of Dadwal
saying his conduct was an insult to even people of the city
where crime rate is increasing exponentially in the last few