TWO of the six MLAs in the committee set up to probe alleged assault on a police officer by legislators on the Maharashtra Assembly premises have faced cases under Section 353 of the IPC earlier for using criminal force against a public servant.
R M Vani,a Shiv Sena MLA from Vaijapur,has five cases lodged under the section (dealing with use of force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty). The earliest of these was lodged in 1999 and the last in 2012,as per Vanis 2009 election affidavit.
Another member of the committee,Nawab Malik of the NCP,has had three criminal cases registered against him under the section,as per the affidavit filed by him during the 2004 elections. In his 2009 affidavit,the MLA from Anushakti Nagar stated there were no criminal cases against him.
Asserting that the courts had acquitted him,Malik said that charges were levelled against him when he was leading demonstrations.
The August 16,2012,complaint against Vani was filed by a sub-engineer of the Nandur Madhmeshwar Project Division,K P Dhatrak,when he along with two other officials stopped illegal drawing of water from a reservoir. Dhatrak alleged that Vani abused him and later hit all three of them.
The six-member committee of which Vani and Malik are a part was appointed by the Speaker to inquire into the beating up of a police officer,Sachin Suryawanshi,on the Assembly premises on March 19. The MLAs involved were said to be Kshitij Thakur,Ram Kadam,Jaykumar Rawal,Rajan Salvi and Pradeep Jaiswal.