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Buta to issue summons to Tikait soon

By Staff

New Delhi, May 2 (UNI) The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has finally decided to summon BKU leader Mahendra Singh Tikait for allegedly making casteist remarks against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati at a rally in Bijnore district of the state on March 30.

The Commission will also call Uttar Pradesh Home Secretary and Superintendent of Police of the Bijnore District to come and explain why they had not provided the information sought by it in connection with the incident.

Since Mr Tikait has failed to respond to the Commission's notice, there was no way left to issue orders to him to appear before the Commission, an official told UNI.

The Commission had issued a notice to the BKU leader on the basis of the FIR report, a copy of which had been sent to the Commission by the DIG along with his own remarks that the speech of Mr Tikait at the rally contained some remarks which were derogatory to a caste.

Commission Chairperosn Buta Singh had sought the full text of Mr Tikait's speech from Uttar Pradesh authorities last month before deciding any action against him, but so far the district administration has failed to do so. It was now acting on the FIR report.

In the meantime, Mr Tikait had been arrested and also got bail.

Soon after the Bijnore rally, Ms Mayawati had accused Mr Singh of acting under the pressure of his party Congress in not taking action against the BKU leader.

However, Mr Singh had refuted the charge, saying that the Commission swung into action soon after hearing of Mr Tikait's alleged remarks through TV channels and sought a text of the speech from the District Administration which failed to provide it to him.

He had also said the Chief Minister's office had insulted him when he tried to contact Ms Mayawati in connection with the matter.

''Now, with the FIR copy in hand, the Commission would soon be issuing summons to Mr Tikait,'' an official of the Commission told UNI.


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