BUCKLING under political pressure,the state government suspended Monday Assistant Police Inspector (traffic) Sachin Suryawanshi for misbehaving with MLA Kshitij Thakur.
Home Minister R R Patil told the Assembly and Council,The decision to suspend Suryawanshi was taken based on a preliminary report that suggests he did not behave properly with the MLA and used rude language.
Suryawanshi had accosted Thakur for speeding on Bandra-Worli Sealink last Monday and fined him for the violation.
But during the interaction that followed,he was extremely rude with the MLA,Patil said.
Thakur had moved a breach of privilege motion against Suryawanshi in the Assembly the next day.
The same evening,Suryawanshi was beaten up by a group of MLAs,including Thakur of Bahujan Vikas Aghadi and Ram Kadam of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena,in Vidhan Bhawan lobby.
On Wednesday,Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil suspended five MLAs,including Thakur and Kadam,for the assault. Thakur and Kadam were arrested on Thursday,but were granted bail on Monday after three days in police and judicial custodies.
The state action to suspend Suryawanshi is based on the findings of the inquiry undertaken by DCP S R Nilewadi.
The incident disrupted the state budget session for three consecutive days. MLAs cutting across party lines have united demanding the suspension of Suryawanshi.
Ever since the MLAs arrest,parties had demanded action against the police officer.
On Monday morning,at the core committee meeting at Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavans office,ministers Narayan Rane and Nitin Raut demanded immediate action against Suryawanshi.
Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh refused to comment on the matter. He said,I have nothing to say on the issue.
Meanwhile,minister for parliamentary affairs Harshvardhan Patil said Monday an all-party committee headed by senior MLA Ganpat Deshmukh would look into the suspension of five MLAs from the legislature.
Members cutting across party lines demanded the suspension of the five MLAs,including Kshitij Thakur (Bahujan Vikas Aghadi) and Ram Kadam (MNS),be revoked.
The MLAs were suspended Wednesday after they beat up assistant police inspector Sachin Suryawanshi.