The Maharashtra Assembly on Wednesday revoked the suspension of five MLAs including MNSs Ram Kadam and BVAs Kshitij Thakur who were charged with beating up Assistant Inspector (Traffic) Sachin Suryavanshi in the lobby of the House.
Legislators Pradeep Jaiswal,Rajan Salvi (both Shiv Sena) and Jaikumar Rawal (BJP) had been declared not guilty in the Budget Session earlier. State minister for parliamentary affairs Harshvardhan Patil made the announcement about suspension of the MLAs being revoked. Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil moved,then sought consent of the House,which unanimously approved.
In March,Suryavanshi fined Thakur at the Bandra Worli Sea Link for violating the speed limit. Thakur paid the fine but raised the matter in Assembly,alleging that the traffic policeman had misbehaved with him. The matter took an ugly turn when Suryavanshi,who was in Vidhan Bhavan,was allegedly thrashed by Thakur and Kadam. Following the incident,the five MLAs were suspended for a year.
A seven-member panel headed by Peasant and Workers Party leader Ganpatrao Deshmukh was set up to look into the matter. Based on eyewitness accounts and CCTV footage the panel concluded that though Kadam and Thakur were at fault,Suryavanshi had also acted in a high-handed manner.
The committee also found no evidence against Jaiswal,Salvi and Rawal.