Mumbai: The government has revoked the suspension of the Member of Legislative Council (MLC), Prashant Paricharak, on Wednesday. Paricharak was suspended over his lewd comment over the soldiers and their wives last year.
Paricharak was an independent legislator and was suspended under pressure from the opposition as well as ruling party members for 1.5 years.
The State government further formed a 10-member committee comprising members of the state legislative council to probe the incident, give Paricharak a hearing and recommend final action against the legislator. Chairman of the upper house, Ram Raje Nimbalkar, was head of the committee, which included legislators from across parties.
On Wednesday, Minister Chandrakant Patil announced in the upper house that the suspension of Paricharak has been revoked. “The committee submitted it reports them to the house, where the house decided to revoke his suspension,” he said.
“Paricharak has told the committee that he made the remark casually and there was no intention to hurt the sentiments of the soldiers or their families. He also apologized for the comment. Hence the committee recommended to revoke his suspension,” Patil informed the house.
Paricharak, a legislator from Solapur, had joked during campaigning in local polls last year that those soldiers stationed at the border distribute sweets when their babies are born although they haven’t been home for a year, indirectly alleging that their wives are unfaithful. He later apologised for his remarks.
He was suspended over the comment as the house was concluded that, his remarks were extremely objectionable.