Govt,Opposition stand united against Delhi Police chief

Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal’s absence from a scheduled discussion in the Assembly on the subject of law and order in the Capital...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 20, 2010 2:46 am

Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal’s absence from a scheduled discussion in the Assembly on the subject of law and order in the Capital,led to massive protest from both the ruling and Opposition members in the Secretariat on Thursday. The BJP,which was to initiate the discussion,refused to participate till Dadwal was summoned.

“His absence is a contempt of not only this House but also the chief minister. Even though the law and order situation is quickly deteriorating in the Capital,the Delhi commissioner does not take the chief minister seriously. There is no point in having this debate in his absence,” Vijay Kumar Malhotra,the Leader of Opposition,told Speaker Yoganand Shastri.

Faced with outrage,Shastri adjourned the House for 30 minutes and directed Dadwal be summoned to the House immediately. According to sources,Dadwal first said he was unwell,but when the Speaker insisted,agreed to come to the House.

When the House reconvened,Shastri requested the members to wait for 20 minutes for Dadwal to show up. At this point,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the House does not function at Dadwal’s “beck and call”.

“He has already wasted an hour and a half of this House’s time. I’d like to suggest that we hold this debate on Monday and he should be present at an hour decided by the House,” the chief minister added. Malhotra agreed with Dikshit and the speaker rescheduled the debate for Monday afternoon.

The Delhi Police chief functions directly under the jurisdiction of the Home Ministry and is not answerable to the Delhi government. This has long been a thorn in the Delhi government’s side and spilled over in the Assembly on Thursday,as both the Congress and the BJP united in order to protest against Dadwal’s absence. “Law and order should be handed over to the Delhi CM,” said BJP’s Sahib Singh Chauhan amid loud approval from Congress benches.

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