Going underground has acquired a new meaning with hundreds of MLA’s across India going into hiding. This follows the arrest of Jitender Singh Tomar, Law minister in the AAP government in Delhi.
Tomar has been arrested on charges of cheating, forgery and getting jobs on a fake degree. He is accused of fabricating his academic degree. Following Jitender Singh Tomar’s arrest unusual activity was witnessed in Vidhan Sabha’s across the country. MLA’s were seen rushing out of the Assembly buildings and being driven away to undisclosed destinations.
One MLA, on condition of anonymity, said that there was fear in the minds of his brethren that the government was now expediting the arrest of all those against whom cases are pending. He added that till now most of the sitting MLA’s were doing just that- sitting pretty- because nothing had ever come out of the cases filed against them.
But now with the arrest of Jitender Singh Tomar, against whom a case had been filed just a few months back, it seemed that the central government had been infused with a sense of urgency to bring criminals to book.
The maximum number of MLA’s gone underground have been reported from Uttar Pradesh followed by Bihar. In some states the Chief Minister of the state and the Speaker of the house have also gone on a’ leave of absence’.