Jaipur: Without proper verification, the
Rajasthan Police had uploaded an Independent MLA`s name on its
website as a wanted criminal but removed it later.
The name was removed two days back after legislator
Ranvir Singh Pehalwan strongly objected to the police action.
Rajasthan Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal told the state
assembly today that the MLA`s name was uploaded on the police
website without proper verification and action would be taken
if anyone was found guilty.
Earlier Pehalwan, referring to a media report in which
he was mentioned as a wanted criminal, raised the issue in the
House and demanded action against concerned policemen.
The MLA said a case was lodged against him in 1994 for
opening fire but the charge was "proved wrong".
Now, he came to know from the website and a local
newspaper that he was wanted by the police, the legislator
"It was mentioned (in the website) that a court has
issued warrant against me in connection with a case, but this
is not true. I am ready to resign and go behind bars if the
allegation is proved correct," he said.
Dhariwal said "the state police has been uploading the
names of wanted criminals on its website and it is true that
the MLA`s name was mentioned without proper verification."
"However, investigation into that particular case
is still on and I will ask the MLA to bring the file of the
case for further investigation," he said.
Dhariwal was referring to the case, the file of which
was missing from the police department.
The Minister`s remarks sparked an uproar with Pehalwan
and other opposition members demanding an apology from him.
BJP chief whip Rajendra Rathore accused the Minister
of not handling the Home Department effectively and said he
was making statements which were aimed at besmirching the
image of the MLA.