DW BUREAU / Chandigarh
Congress MLA Karan Singh Dalal, who was suspended from Haryana Assembly for a year for alleged misconduct, has lodged a police complaint accusing INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala of threatening him in the House.
While police said it will examine the complaint, Chautala on Wednesday claimed that Dalal was in the habit of lodging such complaints and he had done so in the past as well.
Dalal was suspended from Haryana Assembly on Tuesday for a year after the legislator and Leader of Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala hurled abuses and charged at each other with a shoe in their hand, prompting the Speaker to summon marshals.
In the complaint lodged at Sector 3 police station here on Tuesday, Dalal said, “Abhay Singh Chautala proposed my suspension from the House upon which heated exchanges took place between me and Abhay in the House and as a result of which he lost his mental balance and started abusing and threatening me.” “When I told him to behave, he threatened me saying that he will see me outside the House and get me eliminated. The House was adjourned and later Abhay Singh Chautala again threatened me saying that he will get me and my family eliminated.” “There is imminent danger to me and my family at the hands of Abhay Singh and as such a case be registered and lawful action may please be taken against him,” Dalal, a five-time MLA said in his police complaint.
On Wednesday, Dalal told reporters that he is a CBI witness in the disproportionate assets case against Chautala and he would move an application before a court in Delhi apprising it how the INLD leader threatened him and his family.
The Congress MLA said he would plead with the court to cancel Chautala’s bail in the case.
When asked to comment on the police complaint by Dalal, Chautala told reporters that the Congress leader was in the habit of doing so and in 2000 too, after being suspended from the Assembly, he had lodged a police complaint charging the INLD leader of threatening him.
Dalal said he had raised a matter concerning the poor in the Assembly as part of his calling attention motion and accused Chautala of preventing him from raising the voice of the financially weaker sections of the society in the House.
“INLD, which is the main opposition party, should have supported me. But the party, which is hand in glove with the BJP, conspired against me… Chautala is behaving like a BJP’s bouncer,” he said and wondered why was the INLD leader not suspended for flashing a shoe at him. Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda described Dalal’s suspension for one year as unfortunate and said the events that unfolded in the Assembly on Tuesday would make it “a dark day in the history of the Vidhan Sabha.” “We want to know under what rules was our MLA suspended for one year, there is no such rule,” he said, adding, “We have always been maintaining that INLD is BJP’s ‘B’ team.