DMK walks out of As­sem­bly for BJP leader Shekher’s ar­rest

Shekher had courted con­tro­versy af­ter he shared an FB post that con­tained deroga­tory re­marks against jour­nal­ists, es­pe­cially women scribes

The Hitavada - - NATION -

OP­PO­SI­TION DMK in the Tamil Nadu As­sem­bly on Wed­nes­day tried to raise their de­mand for the ar­rest of BJP politi­cian S Ve Shekher in the House but staged a walk­out af­ter the Chair de­nied them per­mis­sion to de­bate the mat­ter as it was sub-ju­dice.

Shekher had courted con­tro­versy af­ter he shared a Face­book post on his page that con­tained deroga­tory re­marks against jour­nal­ists, es­pe­cially women scribes.

He had shared the post against the back­drop of another con­tro­versy sur­round­ing Tamil Nadu Gov­er­nor Ban­war­i­lal Puro­hit.

While the city po­lice had filed a case against Shekher, var­i­ous courts had dis­missed his an­tic­i­pa­tory bail pe­ti­tions.

When Leader of Op­po­si­tion M K Stalin tried to raise the is­sue of Shekher’s ar­rest to­day, Speaker P Dhana­pal said a lo­cal court has now is­sued sum­mons to him to ap­pear be­fore it on June 20 and a charge-sheet has been filed in the case.

Since the mat­ter was sub­ju­dice, it can­not be dis­cussed, the Speaker said, even though Stalin in­sisted he be al­lowed to speak on the mat­ter. DMK mem­bers were seen sup­port­ing him, urg­ing the Chair to al­low him make his state­ment. How­ever, the Speaker stood his ground, re­peat­edly as­sert­ing that sub­ju­dice mat­ters are not de­bated in the state As­sem­bly.

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