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Uproar in Maha assembly over Pradhan report

Source: PTI
December 14, 2009 20:08 IST
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The opposition on Monday created uproar in the Maharashtra assembly demanding tabling of the report of Ram Pradhan Commission, which probed the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, prompting the speaker to adjourn the House three times.

As soon as the House commenced, Opposition Leader Eknath Khadse (Bharatiya Janata Party), Shiv Sena group leader Subhash Desai, Girish Bapat of the BJP and others raised the issue and demanded tabling of the report and wanted Home Minister R R Patil to make a statement in this regard.

Patil assured the lower House that an all-party committee would be constituted and the Pradhan Committee report will be placed before the committee as in the larger interest of the state, it would not be appropriate to table the report and make it public given that there are many sensitive issues mentioned in it.

He said if the report was made public, it would only benefit the terror organisations who would come to know the recommendations of the Pradhan Panel report and its findings.

The opposition then insisted that government should admit that the "leaked" report was a genuine copy of the original one, which was given to the ruling alliance.

Due to the pandemonium created by the opposition, the House was adjourned for 10 minutes. It was then adjourned for 15 minutes again followed by a third adjournment of 10 minutes.

The question hour was thus over without taking the starred questions.

Speaker Dilip Walse Patil reminded the Opposition that from day one they are obstructing the scheduled question hour.

Patil said a meeting of opposition leader and group leaders of major parties will be called before a committee is constituted in which the Pradhan panel report would be placed.
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