Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s press conference reporting his government’s achievements in the last month was disrupted by a Congress MLA, who demanded for a SIT to be appointed to probe the 2008 Batla house encounter case.
Asif Khan, Congress MLA from Okhla, started shouting slogans against Kejriwal even as the press conference was going on. Meanwhile, former Congress leader Alka Lamba questioned why Khan did not demand an SIT for the past five years, when Congress Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was at the helm of affairs.
Soon after Khan’s outburst, he told the media that he would not vote in favour of AAP’s motions in the Assembly. Meanwhile, Kejriwal said that the court has given its verdict in the Batla house encounter case. “The court has already given its verdict in the case and we respect the court’s order. We are not appointing any SIT into the case,” Kejriwal said.
In the evening, Kejriwal told the media that the Congress was in power previously, but did not appoint a SIT to probe the Batla house encounter case in the last five years. The Delhi Government had on Wednesday decided on a probe by a SIT into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots here, two days after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said some of his partymen were probably involved in the violence, but were punished. The Batla house encounter took place on September 18, 2008, in which alleged terrorists of the Indian Mujahideen were killed.
In 2012, a trial court convicted suspected IM terrorist Shahzad Ahmed in the Batla House encounter case and sentenced him to life imprisonment. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that the AAP-led government has been successful in reducing corruption in the past one month, in which the party has been in power.