In a dramatic turn of events, the Haryana Assembly found itself embroiled in controversy as allegations of sexual exploitation surfaced during a heated session. Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala accused former education minister Geeta Bhukkal of sheltering Kartar Singh, the principal of a school in Jind district, who was recently arrested for allegedly sexually exploiting girl students. This shocking revelation triggered a war of words between the politicians, propelling the issue to the forefront of public attention.
Opposition leader and ex-Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda objected to the proposed move to involve a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the proceedings, insisting that the inquiry should focus on the background and activities of the principal rather than scrutinizing the proceedings of the assembly. However, Speaker Gian Chand Gupta stood firm, stating that the scope of the inquiry would include establishing the veracity of the allegations and counter-allegations.
Amidst the chaos, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced that the home department would write to the High Court, seeking their involvement in the investigation. While Hooda expressed concern about the dignity of the House being upheld, Khattar defended the decision stating that it had been taken during the December 15 session and had received no objections at that time. He also added that if the request to the High Court was declined, alternative options would be explored.
Geeta Bhukkal, the central figure in this controversy, stressed the importance of maintaining the autonomy of the assembly, declaring, “The House is over and above the high court.” This sentiment captures the essence of the ongoing debate, with differing opinions on the involvement of external judicial entities in the internal affairs of the assembly.
The matter came up for discussion during the zero-hour on the second day of the winter session, highlighting the gravity of the allegations and the urgency with which they need to be addressed. The sexual exploitation of young girls is a grave crime, and swift action must be taken to hold the responsible parties accountable and ensure justice for the victims.
As tensions continued to escalate, the Congress party contemplated bringing a privilege motion against Dushyant Chautala for making misleading and incorrect statements in the House. This move indicates a deepening rift between the political factions involved, further complicating the situation.