Pawar hits out at Ud­dhav govt on El­gar case han­dover to NIA

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Front page - Faisal Malik [email protected] ■ ■

MUM­BAI: Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Fri­day ex­pressed un­hap­pi­ness over chief min­is­ter Ud­dhav Thack­eray’s de­ci­sion to hand over the El­gar Par­ishad case to the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA), the first time the se­nior leader has crit­i­cised his al­liance part­ner in the state’s rul­ing Ma­ha­rash­tra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) gov­ern­ment, formed in Novem­ber last year.

Pawar said that while the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion di­rect­ing NIA to take over the El­gar Par­ishad case was un­fair, the state gov­ern­ment’s ac­cep­tance of this was even more un­fair.

To be sure, the NIA Act, passed hur­riedly in the wake of the Mum­bai ter­ror at­tacks in 2008, has pro­vi­sions that give the Cen­tre the pow­ers to ask NIA to take over a case.

Thack­eray’s de­ci­sion, which came on Thurs­day, clears the deck for NIA to start in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case against ac­tivists and in­tel­lec­tu­als linked to Left and Dalit move­ments, who gave speeches at the El­gar Par­ishad gath­er­ing on De­cem­ber 31, 2017. It is al­leged that these speeches re­sulted in the sub­se­quent vi­o­lence at Bhima Kore­gaon.

“Main­tain­ing law and order is a state sub­ject and the Cen­tre’s en­croach­ment in state af­fairs is un­fair. Cen­tre’s de­ci­sion di­rect­ing the NIA to take over El­gar

Par­ishad case was un­fair but the state gov­ern­ment’s ap­proval to that de­ci­sion is more un­fair,” Pawar told re­porters in Kol­ha­pur at a press con­fer­ence.

While the gov­ern­ment has shied away from us­ing pro­vi­sions of the NIA Act that al­low the Cen­tre to ask the agency to take over a case, with­out seek­ing the per­mis­sion of the con­cerned state gov­ern­ment, the fact is that these pro­vi­sions ex­ist.

The NCP would ap­pear to be dis­tanc­ing it­self from the de­ci­sion of the gov­ern­ment of which it is a part.

On Thurs­day, state home min­is­ter Anil Desh­mukh, an NCP leader, said that chief min­is­ter Thack­eray used his dis­cre­tionary pow­ers to ap­prove the han­dover. Desh­mukh said that he be­lieves that the Cen­tre should have taken the state gov­ern­ment into con­fi­dence be­fore hand­ing over the probe to the NIA.

KOCHI (KER­ALA): A spe­cial Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) court on Fri­day ex­tended the re­mand of Tha­lassery-based stu­dents Al­lan Shuhaib and Thaha Fasal till March 13. They were ar­rested un­der the Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties (Preven­tion) Act in Kozhikode in Novem­ber 2019.

Mean­while, Alan Shuhaib has ap­proached the High Court seek­ing per­mis­sion to ap­pear for the LLB 2nd se­mes­ter exam sched­uled on February 18.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.