HC pulls up MP for brandishing gun

Days after an FIR was registered against the Gujarat MP Vitthal Radadiya for pulling out a gun at a toll plaza in Vadodara, the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday made some strong observation against him while hearing on the petition seeking quashing of the FIR against him.

“It's very unfortunate that a person with a special stature of a MP, a lawmaker, behaves in such a way,” Justice RH Shukla said. The judge went on to say, “just because you have a licensed weapon does not mean that you will brandish it in public”. He also said that Radidya should be willing to face an inquiry.

The MP, it may be recalled had refused to apologise for pulling a gun on the toll booth attendant who wanted to see his ID as MPs are exempted from paying toll, the attendant wanted to verify his documents before letting his car pass. Radadiya has said that he was incensed after the staff at the toll plaza called him “a bogus MP”.

 He also insists that he felt endangered because 15 security guards were surrounding him - a claim not corroborated by security cameras. While Thakore's advocate made a U-turn in court and did not insist on pressing charges, the BJP government said it will pursue the case as Radadia's conduct was "unbecoming" of a public servant.

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