Former Himachal chief minister, Congress leaders booked

September 7th, 2008 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Sep 7 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh police has registered a case against state Congress leaders, including former chief minister Virbhadra Singh and leader of the opposition Vidya Stokes, for violating orders banning assembly of more than five persons, an official said Sunday.”They have been booked for addressing a protest rally of temporary teachers outside the Vidhan Sabha Friday, where Section 144 of the CrPC was imposed,” Shimla’s superintendent of police R.M. Sharma told IANS.

A case under Sections 241, 147, 148 and 149 of the IPC (all related to violation of the prohibitory order) has been registered against them, he said.

The opposition Congress lawmakers Friday stalled the proceedings of the assembly for almost an hour and then staged a walk-out over the issue of 6,500 teachers who are demanding regularisation of their services.

After staging the walk-out from the assembly, the legislators participated in the teachers’ rally.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had already clarified in the assembly that “teachers, who were appointed by the previous Congress government, are not our employees. Their jobs will not be regularised. The government is conducting an inquiry into their appointment. The government can even employ new teachers.”

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