The Kerala Assembly on Tuesday witnessed commotion after Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan denied permission to the Opposition to move an adjournment motion over slapping of conspiracy to commit murder charges on CPI (M) MLA TV Rajesh.
The Speaker denied it on the ground that there is no precedence to allow adjournment motions over charge sheets.
On Monday, the CBI filed a charge sheet at the Sessions Court Thalassery in Kannur in which CPI (M) Kannur District Secretary P Jayarajan and MLA TV Rajesh, representing Kalyasseri constituency in the district, were slapped with conspiracy to commit murder in the sensational Ariyil Abdul Shukoor murder case.
Shukoor, a 22-year-old was killed near Thaliparamba in Kannur district on February 20, 2012. Jajarajan and Rajesh have been slapped with section 118 for concealing design to commit offences punishable with death or life imprisonment.
The Speaker said that no discussion is needed on an incident which happened years ago.” In the notice for the motion, the connection of the government in the case is not mentioned. There are charge sheets before several courts; but there is no precedence of moving or allowing adjournment motions over it," the Speaker said.
The Speaker also said that it is against the rules to move the motion and instead, the Opposition can move it as the first Submission. The motion was moved by Opposition MLAs Sunny Joseph, M Ommer, Mons Joseph and Anup Jacob.
Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala then pointed at TV Rajesh and said that there is an MLA in the Assembly against whom murder charges have been slapped. “Earlier also, the Opposition had moved an adjournment motion over court proceedings. It happened six years ago and at that time also it was allowed," Chennithala said.
However, the Speaker stood firm and moved to the next proceedings of the House. Following this, the Opposition MLAs stormed the well of the Assembly. Some of the MLAs of the ruling front also stood up with arguments against the opposition which led to an unruly situation.
The Opposition MLAs squatted at the entrance of the Assembly, which was adjourned later.
With this, the nine-day budget session of the 14th Assembly concluded.