Kejriwal directs Chief Secretary to issue show cause notice to public prosecutor
New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to issue a show cause notice to the public prosecutor who 'skipped' hearings in the journalist Soumya Vishwanathan case, while asserting the government will ensure appointment of a good lawyer in his place. A day after the bereaved parents of the television journalist, who was shot dead more than 10 years ago, knocked at the door of the Chief Minister, seeking speedy trial and justice, Arvind Kejriwal expressed shock that the public prosecutor was skipping the hearings and directed CS Vijay Kumar Dev to issue them show cause notice.
The Delhi government in a statement said Arvind Kejriwal has taken a "strong exception" to the complaints of the journalist's parents about the
public prosecutor's absence from the hearings in the Vishwanathan case. "The Chief Minister has noted that it is "absolutely shocking" and directed the chief secretary to immediately issue a show cause notice to the public prosecutor who has skipped hearings and not taken the duty seriously," the statement said.
The Chief Minister has directed the home department to take all necessary steps in the case. "It has been brought to my notice and the government will ensure appointment of a good lawyer as special public prosecutor in this case. Show cause notice will be issued to the concerned PP responsible for any negligence," the statement quoted Arvind Kejriwal as saying.
Later in the day, the AAP dispensation issued a statement, saying that Delhi government has consistently stood by the victims' families and has ensured appointment of lawyers according to the choice of such families in criminal cases.
The government adopts a policy of zero tolerance in such serious matters and any negligence of duty will be "sternly dealt" with, it stated.
"Families who lose their near and dear ones due to heinous crimes are shattered for no fault of theirs and cannot be put to any further hardship due to a callous and negligent attitude," the statement read.