Centre today said it was ready to order a CBI probe into the death of a Karnataka IAS officer as soon as the state government recommends it, as the Lok Sabha witnessed heated exchanges between Congress and BJP MPs on the issue.
The House also witnessed a spat between members of several parties over the law and order situation in states like Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. On one occasion, the House had to be adjourned for 15 minutes due to the pandemonium.
The issue was raised during Zero Hour by Prahlad Joshi (BJP) who said the law and order situation in Karnataka was in a bad shape and the state government has not accepted the demands of the parents of the 35-year old officer, D K Ravikumar, to recommend a CBI probe.
Congress members from Karnataka rejected Joshi’s contention that the state government was not sensitive to the issue of death of the 35-year-old officer.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the issue was flagged by a delegation of MPs who met him and said the Karnataka Chief Minister has informed him that after receiving more details, he would send a detailed report to the Centre.
If the state government recommends a CBI probe, the Centre will immediately order an enquiry by the central investigating agency, Singh said.
Earlier, the proceedings of the House were adjourned for 15 minutes amid pandemonium created by Left members from Kerala who wanted to raise the issue of alleged violation of Dalit Act in the state.
As Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected their demand to suspend the Question Hour, the Left members rushed to the Well of the House demanding that they be allowed to speak. The Speaker disallowed their demand saying the issue related to the state and cannot be allowed.
As the Left MPs demanded that they be heard, K Suresh (Cong) raised the issue of an alleged attack on a Dalit man in Tamil Nadu, which was immediately opposed by AIADMK members.
AIADMK leader P Venugopal said an incident of eve teasing was misinterpreted by the media as an attack on a Dalit and added that a few persons have been detained in this regard.
When S S Ahluwalia (BJP) raised the issue of the alleged rape and murder of a 75-year-old woman in West Bengal and demanded dismissal of the state’s “woman Chief Minister” if she fails to protect women in the state, a heated exchange of words followed between Ahluwalia and Kalyan Banerjee (TMC).