Firm on CBI probe into Mandi MP’s death, Congress walks out

Pratibha Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 3

Opposition Congress today stalled the proceedings of the Vidhan Sabha demanding CBI probe into the death of BJP MP from Mandi Ram Swaroop, who had committed suicide in March earlier this year.

The Congress staged a walkout as party MLAs remained adamant on adjournment of the house under Rule 67 so that the demise of the MP under mysterious circumstances could be discussed. MLAs Nand Lal, Jagat Singh Negi and Sunder Thakur gave a notice under Rule 67 so that the issue could be taken up urgently.

Ram Swaroop had committed suicide at his residence in Delhi on March 17, 2021 and the matter is being probed by the crime branch of Delhi police.

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Mukesh Agnihotri said people of the state and Mandi want to know the reason for the suicide by the MP. He said it has been four months since the demise of the MP who represented 18 lakh people and there had been no progress in investigation and if there is further delay all evidence would be lost.

Opposition members trouped to the well of the house raising slogans, demanding a CBI inquiry so that the people for the state knew the truth. The question hour was taken up during the pandemonium.

Speaker Vipin Parmar rejected the notice for adjournment motion given by Congress MLAs while stating that it does not qualify for debate under Rule 67. He said the manner in which Congress legislators were waiving newspaper cuttings in the house was against rules. “The house has already paid tributes to the late MP during the budget session and his demise was discussed so where is the need to take it up again,” he argued.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur informed the house that his party too was saddened by the demise of Ram Swaroop, who had won by a record margin but considering jurisdiction issues, it is the Delhi Crime branch which is investigating the suicide. Thakur said he had assured the family of Ram Swaroop that he would go by their wishes. He added that rather than showing any haste it would be better if the future course of action is decided after investigation by Delhi branch is complete.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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