Pune: The Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry wrote to the state to suspend “any future hearing” (in Mumbai and Pune) until the government provides suitable accommodation in Mumbai.
Since June of this year, the commission has been studying with the state government the question of having more spacious premises where the hearing can be held while respecting Covid’s security standards.
“The current premises in Mumbai were provided by the office of the State Information Commission. But that’s not enough to accommodate the kind of rush expected in future proceedings (November 8-12) involving some VVIP witnesses, ”commission counsel Ashish Satpute told TOI on Monday.
After repeated letters and emails, the two-member commission, headed by Judge JN Patel (retired), issued an ultimatum during its last meeting with the secretary, at home (special), on October 28 to provide adequate accommodation or there is no choice but to adjourn the hearing.
According to the letter dated October 31 from the secretary of the commission, VV Palnitkar, to the chief secretary of state, the additional chief secretary (home) and the principal secretary, home (special 2), the panel had sought suitable accommodation such as the Sahyadri Government Guest House or Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium or other suitable location near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj terminus.
The letter cited the two previous communications of June 21 and October 23, as well as a few emails, and stated that the chairman of the committee, Judge Patel, had specifically asked the Home Secretary to deal with the case with the state. chief minister. “It was also made clear that if suitable accommodation was not provided by October 29, the commission would suspend its hearing hours,” the letter added.
The then government led by Devendra Fadnavis set up the commission of inquiry following the violence of January 1, 2018, in Koregaon Bhima, where thousands of members of the Dalit community had gathered as part of the Koregaon Bhima Shaurya Divas Abhiyaan to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle. between the British and the Peshwas.