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Maha Assembly: ruckus after SC raps Deshmukh

Maha Assembly: ruckus after SC raps Deshmukh

Ruckus in Maha assembly as Oppn demands Deshmukh's resignation. The ex-CM was rapped by SC for misusing his post.

Nagpur: Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Thursday witnessed noisy scenes over Supreme Court's adverse remarks against former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh for shielding a party MLA in a money-lending case.

The court had also dismissed the appeal of the state government, which had challenged the fine of Rs 25,000 imposed on it by the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court.

"I will ask my advocate to get a copy of the court order. I will react only after I have seen it," said Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Opposition members shouted slogans and trooped into the well of the House on the last day of the winter session following which Deputy Speaker Vasant Purke, who was in the Chair, adjourned the House for 10 minutes. They demanded a statement from the treasury benches.

When the House reassembled, the din continued and treasury benches rushed to finish the business. Panel Speaker Sadashivrao Patil again adjourned the House for 30 minutes.

As soon as the House assembled for the day, Opposition Leader, Eknath Khadse raised the issue saying Deshmukh had violated the oath of not favouring anyone by helping party MLA Dilip Sananda, engaged in money lending business, by asking police not to arrest his father.

Khadse said by doing so he had clearly violated the Constitution and, therefore, the ruling combine should come out with a statement on the whole affair.

Subhash Desai (Sena) said the apex court has imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on the state government in this case and the financial burden will fall automatically on the tax payers of Maharashtra. "Who should pay the fine?" he asked.

Nitin Sardesai (MNS) and others also joined the issue demanding a clarification from the Government.

(With PTI inputs)
first published:December 16, 2010, 13:26 IST