CM looking into controversy regarding MP

Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said he was looking into the matter relating to the controversy between Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahatab and the police.

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2011, 22:49 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said he was looking into the matter relating to the controversy between Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahatab and the police.

Mahtab had allegedly physically assaulted a city policeman on duty recently at Netaji Museum in Cuttack, a charge the ruling party MP had denied.

Meanwhile, the Orissa Police Association (OPA) had demanded exemplary action against the editor-turned politician on allegation of beating up a policeman on duty. A delegation of the OPA today met the Director General of Police (DGP) Manmohan Praharaj and demanded action against the MP accusing him of assaulting the policeman on duty.
The OPA memebers had also met the Home Secretary U N Behera yesterday seeking action against the "erring" MP. "The law will take its own course in this case also," Behera told reporters.

The police in Cuttack had also registered a case against the MP and was investigating the matter, a senior policeman said adding that due procedure were being followed in the matter.
However, there was resentment in the rank and file of the state police over the delay in initiating action against the ruling party MP. The police officers have also threatened to boycot VIP duty if action was not taken against the MP.

PTI