Uproar in Assemly over lawyer’s murder; Azam urges Bar Council to lift protest

Later, the issue was taken up through an adjournment notice during Zero Hour.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: March 13, 2015 4:10 am

The state Assembly witnessed a ruckus on Thursday with the opposition parties protesting noisily against the UP government over a lawyer’s recent murder by a sub inspector in District Court at Allahabad, following which the Speaker adjourned the Question Hour twice.

Later, the issue was taken up through an adjournment notice during Zero Hour. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan assured to take strong action in the incident and asked legislators from Allahabad to help the state government by appealing to the lawyers and Bar Council to withdraw their protests.

As the House assembled, all opposition parties — BSP, BJP, Congress and RLD — trooped in the Well demanding a discussion on Wednesday’s Allahabad incident by suspending all rules. Azam Khan, however, stated that the Opposition was only protesting in the Well for media coverage and urged speaker Mata Prasad Pandey to go ahead with the proceedings of the House.

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However, BJP’s Suresh Khanna countered him by stating that the House will not function with threats.

Later, Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya, along with BSP legislators staged a walk out from the Assembly.

The Congress and BJP then stepped up their demand for discussion under rule 311. When the Speaker assured them that their notices will be taken up during the Zero Hour, BJP members sat on a dharna inside the Well forcing Pandey to adjourn the House for 15 minutes, followed by another 10 minutes.

Later, when the House reassembled, the Congress ministers staged a walk out over the issue.

During the Question Hour, the issue was again raised through adjournment notice by opposition parties. Swami Prasad Maurya stated that policeman had no right to fire and he could have lodged an FIR. BJP’s Suresh Khanna too blamed the police, stating that policemen are trained to use their service revolvers and they cannot shoot anybody.

Congress leader Pradeep Mathur, Anugrah Narain Singh and Dr Reeta Bahuguna Joshi demanded compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the kin of the deceased lawyer and arrest of the accused. BSP’s Deepak Patel demanded judicial inquiry by a sitting High Court judge while RLD’s Dalbeer Singh and Puran Prakash too participated in the debate.

In reply to the adjournment notice, Azam Khan stated that such incidents are shameful for any government and hoped that police officials will not put the government in an awkward situation with such behaviour. Azam also said that several government officials carry their revolvers to their office. “If they have life threats, they should tell us, but carrying revolver is not justified,” he added.

Azam assured that if opposition is not satisfied with government’s efforts, they can again raise the issue, adding that the issue of increasing compensation to lawyer’s kin will be taken up personally with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey later rejected the adjournment notices.

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