Karnataka turmoil: Congress claims police aware of MLAs disqualification
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Last Updated: Friday, October 15, 2010, 22:04
Bangalore: The Congress in Karnataka on Friday charged that the B S Yeddyurappa Government had informed police about the disqualification of 16 MLAs, even before the Speaker issued orders to this effect.

Chief Minister Yeddyurappa at a meeting of top police officials held at his home office 'Krishna' on October 10 had directed police to stop disqualified MLAs at the outer gate of Vidhana Soudha, Congress leader V S Ugrappa told reporters here.

The police officials were also told to ensure that the rebel MLAs did not gain entry into Assembly hall, he added.

The Congress leader also released copies of a seven-page report submitted to DGP Ajai Kumar Singh by Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari on the October 11 unruly incidents in the Assembly and also the entry of five disqualified Independents there.

The contents demonstrate clearly that the government was aware of the Speaker's decision much before it was pronounced, he claimed.

Ugrappa quoted Bidari saying in his report that "the decision taken on October 10 at 'Krishna' that the disqualified MLAs should be allowed upto the outer gate of the Assembly premises appears to be a serious error of judgement.

"If the decision to detain them at the outer gate only had been taken, there would not have been any scope for the disqualified MLAs to trespass into the Assembly hall."

The seven-page report report was submitted to the DGP on October 12.

Bidari also states that as per the decision taken at the meeting with the chief minister, police had kept 20 cars ready for detaining disqualified MLAs under Section 71 of the Karnataka Police Act and to release them after the trust vote session concluded, the Congress leader said.

Ugrappa, former opposition Congress leader in the Upper House, charged that the government had misused the Speaker's Office to get 16 MLAs disqualified to enable it to win the trust vote.

When contacted by PTI, Bidari said "I have not received any letter from the Government. I have not sent any report".


First Published: Friday, October 15, 2010, 22:04

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