New Delhi: Taking serious note of police
chief Y S Dadwal`s absence in the House during a discussion on
the city`s law and order situation, Assembly Speaker Yoganand
Shastri today directed Delhi Government to ensure presence of
the top cop during any debate on the subject in future.
The Speaker`s directive came a day after MLAs cutting
across party lines, strongly resented Dadwal`s absence and
refused to initiate a discussion on the subject which led to
adjournment of the House for the day.
"I have taken the issue seriously and directed the
Government to ensure the police commissioner`s presence during
any discussion on law and order situation in the city,"
Shastri said as soon as the House began its proceedings today.
He said it has been a tradition that whenever discussion
on law and order situation takes place, the police chief comes
to the officers` gallery to understand the sentiments of the
"The police commissioner`s absence during the scheduled
discussion on the subject is kind of disrespecting the
sentiment of the MLAs," he said.
Dadwal`s absence led to a huge uproar and protest from
both ruling and Opposition benches, with several MLAs terming
it as "contempt of the House" as well as "insult to the
The discussion on the issue will now take place on Monday
and the top official has been told to remain present in the