New Delhi: Speaking on the handover of the Bhima-Koregaon case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Maharashtra Congress on Saturday said that such things should be discussed within the alliance. Congress’ Maharashtra in-charge Mallikarjun Kharge opined that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray should use his power judiciously or ministers will fight. Also Read - 2019 Pulwama Attack: NIA Arrests Father-Daughter Duo From Lethpora in Jammu And Kashmir
“This isn’t fair. We’re partners and such things should be discussed. You (Uddhav Thackeray) may have power but one should use it judiciously. Our ministers are there, they’ll fight,” Kharge was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. Also Read - 2019 Pulwama Suicide Attack: NIA Arrests Jaish Man Who Sheltered Bomber Adil Ahmed Dar
Notably, this comes a day after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar expressed his displeasure at Uddhav Thackeray’s move to hand over the politically sensitive Elgar Parishad – Koregaon-Bhima case to the NIA. Also Read - Rival NCP Factions Faceoff in Aurangabad Even as Party Bickers With Ally Shiv Sena Over Bhima Koregaon, NPR
“Law and order is a state subject. It is not proper to encroach upon the rights of the state. Maharashtra’s support to the move is also unfair,” Pawar had said in a media interaction on Friday.
Notably, Pune Sessions Court has transferred the Bhima-Koregaon case to the NIA and directed all accused to be produced before the Special NIA Court in Mumbai on February 28 where the matter will be heard henceforth.
The case relates to alleged inflammatory speeches delivered at the Elgar Parishad conclave, held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31, 2017, which the police claimed, triggered violence near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial in the district the next day.
The Pune police have claimed the conclave was backed by Maoists.
During the probe into the police, the Pune police arrested Left-leaning activists Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Shoma Sen, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Varavara Rao for alleged Maoist links.