Speaking to reporters, the Chief Minister alleged that in the Pehlu Khan lynching case, in which all the accused were acquitted, the previous BJP government in the state “deliberately” left shortcomings to “save the accused”.
In regard to the alleged lapses in the Pehlu Khan case investigation, Gehlot said action would be taken against guilty officers on the basis of the report of the SIT set up to investigate all aspects of the case.
The decision on constituting the SIT was taken following a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at the chief minister’s office on Friday evening, two days after a court in Alwar district acquitted all six men accused of murdering Khan.
Rajasthan had witnessed a spurt in lynchings in 2017, beginning with dairy farmer Pehlu Khan in April 2017. The Bill, tabled by Cabinet minister Shanti Dhariwal on July 30, was discussed Monday and subsequently passed by voice vote.
Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore claimed there were ulterior motives of the Congress, indirectly suggesting that government bungalows were being used to prevent MLAs from straying away from the Congress.
After deliberations, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has picked Ashok Gehlot for the post of Rajasthan Chief Minister. Sachin Pilot, who fought for the position, will be made deputy Chief Minister of the state.
It was a close contest in both Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh between the Congress and BJP. But the grand old party did get a few things right which helped it get ahead of the bump in both the states. Manoj CG breaks it down.