By NVONews.Com Correspondent,
New Delhi: A Delhi-based lawyer, originally from Bhagalpur district in Bihar, yelled at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and asked him to go back as the latter stood up to speak at an international conference at high-security Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Saturday.
Visibly upset over the recent measures taken by the Centre and corruption at the top he took off his shirt and shouted “Prime Minister go back,” as he walked up to the rostrum to deliver his address in “Conference on Economic Growth in Asia and Changes of Corporate Environment.”
Manmohan Singh waited for a while at the podium as security officials took the lone protestor out of the plenary hall of Vigyan Bhawan.
He has been detained for questioning. He is being quizzed by police, IB and other agencies.
The conference was organised by Indian Law Institute and was being attended by legal luminaries from across Asia. Besides Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia, Chief Justice designated Altamash Kabir and Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid were among those present on the dais.
Incidentally, the Prime Minister got up to speak after Kapadia and Kabir, in their speeches, showered praise on him. As there were many legal luminaries from abroad present on the occasion the incident came as a sort of anti-climax.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister, while delivering his speech, continued from where he left in his nation-wide telecast on Friday.
Later the man was identified as Santosh Kumar Suman, who claimed that he is the president of Lawyers’ Cell of Delhi Pradesh Rashtriya Janata Dal, a political party led by former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav.
However Lalu, who is in Bihar, refused to accept him as an RJD man and said that Suman has absolutely nothing to do with his party. He is a lawyer without having any good practice and did it so to come into limelight. He said Suman is habitual in enacting such antics and added that the conference was not an appropriate platform to make such protest.
Lalu, however, conceded that the Delhi unit president of the RJD, Chandrashekar Yadav, might have inducted Suman into the party, therefore, he is dissolving the entire state unit of the of Rashtriya Janata Dal. Expressing his sadness he regretted that such an incident had taken place with the Prime Minister of the country.
Other reports said that the Legal Cell chief of RJD in Delhi is Shrikant Yadav.
It needs to be recalled that the RJD has four MPs in Lok Sabha and is one of the staunchest allies of ruling UPA-II. In fact it was in the government during UPA-I when it had 24 MPs. Lalu had in fact openly supported the Centre’s policy to allow FDI in multi-brand retail sector.