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Matharu case finds echo in Assembly

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, MARCH 31. The issue regarding the issuance of non-bailable warrants against the Secretary to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi Commissioner, G. S. Matharu, made its echoes felt in the Delhi Assembly with some members demanding a CBI probe into the whole affair. It was also informed that two police officials of Ranchi had been suspended in this connection and the case had been withdrawn and the warrants cancelled.

Raising the matter in the House, Surinder Pal Singh Bitto (Cong) said that an innocent and an honest officer was being harassed by the police and some corrupt officials of the Corporation for no reason and urged the Government to get the whole matter probed by CBI to unearth the truth. He said warrants were issued against Mr. Matharu after the Ranchi police registered a fraudulent case of supplying arms to criminals. Alleging the involvement of corrupt officials from the Corporation in the whole episode, Mr. Bitto said that it would be in the best interest of justice that facts are brought to light and harassment of honest officers is put to an end.

The House was also informed that after proper verification and taking up of the matter with the Jharkhand police, the case had been withdrawn. The Senior Superintendent of Police, Ranchi had communicated that the case against Mr. Matharu was being withdrawn as it had been filed under suspicious circumstances. It was also informed that two police officials who were instrumental in registration of the case and execution of the warrants had also been placed under suspension pending inquiry and investigations had been launched to find out who all were behind this sinister design to implicate an officer with high integrity.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that a delegation of the MCD leaders including the Chairman, Standing Committee, Mukesh Goyal and the Leader of the House, Satbir Singh meeting the Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil tomorrow evening to demand a CBI probe and arrest of officials who are involved in this unsavoury incident. The MCD Commissioner, Rakesh Mehta has also written to the Jharkhand Chief Secretary demanding a thorough probe into the whole matter and has also written to the Delhi police Commissioner, K.K. Paul urging providing of security to Mr. Mathru in view of the threat perception to his life.

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