BJP demands resignation of Union Minister Pala

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 21:08

Shillong: The BJP in Meghalaya on Tuesday
demanded the resignation of Union Minister Vincent Pala
alleging his role in last year`s controversial jailbreak case.

BJP leaders met Governor R S Mooshahary and dashed off
a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil demanding the ouster
of the minister of state for water resources from the Union
Cabinet.

State BJP president H S Syiemlieh claimed that three
undertrials had confessed before the inquiry commission headed
by Justice (retired) T Biswas, which is likely to establish
the nexus between criminals, police and politicians, including
Pala.

The state government had ordered a judicial probe into
the controversial jailbreak incident of May 31 that saw the
escape of seven dreaded criminals, one of whom was shot dead
and others captured later.

Sceptical over the mysterious killing of the jailbreak
mastermind a day after the incident, the BJP said, "the Union
Minister had voluntarily offered to depose before the inquiry
commission. Before doing so, he has to resign on moral
grounds".

Pala, who represents Shillong Lok Sabha constituency,
should be dropped from the ministry till he is cleared of the
allegations, the BJP said in the memorandum.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 21:08

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