BJP MLA's 'misbehaviour' case rocks Delhi assembly



New Delhi: A case of alleged misbehaviour of a Delhi government employee by a BJP MLA rocked the proceedings at the Assembly on Friday with the opposition accusing the ruling Congress of exploiting the issue for "political gains".

The issue saw heated exchange of words between treasury and opposition benches forcing Speaker Yoganand Shastri to adjourn the House for twice before adjourning it for the day.

Raising the issue in the Assembly, Congress MLA and Chairperson of Delhi Commission of Women Barkha Singh slammed Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel's allegations that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was behind filing of the "false case" against party MLA Ramesh Bidhuri.

As soon as Singh criticised Goel, almost all BJP MLAs rose on their feet and accused the government of "targeting" the Tughlakabad MLA for "political reasons".

Congress MLAs trashed the charges and attacked Bidhuri for the incident. The incident took place on March 7 in the office of Department of Urban Development at Delhi Secretariat when the MLA went there to check development work in his constituency.

Bidhuri alleged that the woman employee did not cooperate and refused to listen to him. This resulted in an argument between the two. After the incident, the woman employee informed the incident to the Urban Development Secretary RK Srivastava.

Based on the complaint, the Urban Development department had filed a complaint against Bidhuri in the I P Estate Police Station under Sections 509 (outraging the modesty of woman) and 189 (threat of injury to public servant) of IPC.

Subsequently an FIR was filed against Bidhuri. However, in a letter to Srivastava yesterday, the woman said she did not want to pursue the case against Bidhuri as he sought apology from her for the incident.

"I am under tremendous mental tension and pressure from my family and relatives...Further Ramesh Bidhuri has repeatedly apologised and felt sorry for the unfortunate incident...I do not want any further action on my complaint," she said. Bidhuri alleged the employee had filed the complaint coming under pressure from a minister.

"She did not want to file the complaint. But she was told that if she does not file the complaint then she will be suspended," Bidhuri claimed.

Leader of Opposition VK Malhotra said the government "deliberately" tried to defame Bidhuri for "political gains".

PTI