Disciplinary action against BJP leaders ruled out

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Jaipur, Nov 12 (UNI) Despite filing of FIR for alleged violation of the NDPS Act against Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Jaswant Singh and nine other ''dissident'' BJP leaders, the legislative and party organisational status of these leaders will remain unaffected till further legal and/or punitive action is taken in their cases.

The FIR has been lodged against Mr Singh, Rajasthan Education Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari, Welfare Minister Madan Dilwar, former Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's son-in-law and Industries Minister Narpat Singh Rajvi, Government Chief Whip Mahavir Prasad Jain, sitting MP and BJP national Vice-President Kailash Meghwal, former BJP state Presidents and sitting MPs Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi and Raghubir Singh Kaushal and sitting MLAs Shankar Singh Rajpurohit and Jogeshwar Garg for alleged violation of the NDPS Act during a function held at Mr Singh's native village Jasol in Barmer district recently.

Being sitting MPs, Mr Singh, Mr Meghwal, Mr Chaturvedi and Mr Kaushal do not fall within the purview of any disciplinary or legislative action in the state assembly or the BJP state unit's level.

The six other accused BJP leaders including three ministers are all sitting Rajasthan MLAs but possibility of action against them has also been ruled out by the assembly secretariat or the BJP state office.

Rajasthan Assembly Speaker Sumitra Singh told UNI today that at the present stage of the case against the aforesaid sitting members, the Speaker or the assembly secretariat had no no locus standi to take cognisance.

''My office or the assembly secretariat do come in the picture only when legal or punitive action is taken against these members on the basis of a chargesheet or the FIR'', the Speaker clarified.

BJP Rajasthan unit Spokesman K N Bhatt also ruled out any action against the accused party leaders. He said filing of FIR was insignificant and the party would take cognisance only after establishment of a prima facie case againt them.

The FIR against these leaders has been lodged on the directives of the Special NDPS Court on a complaint from one OP Bishnoi of Jodhpur.

The complainent had alleged that the leaders had violated the NDPS Act 1985 by serving and/or tasting ''opium'' during a socio-religious ceremony organised by Mr Singh at his native village Jasol in Barmer district recently.

The leaders allegedly tasted the ''opium'', the complainant had stated.

UNI

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