Staff Correspondent

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker, Ishwardas Rohani, informed the House on Thursday that there was no court warrant against the Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, when he took the oath of office and secrecy on November 29, 2005. The Speaker made this revelation on the basis of information received from the State Law Secretary.

The issue relating to the Chief Minister was raised by the Leader of the Opposition, Jamuna Devi, immediately after question hour on Thursday morning. When Ms. Devi demanded a discussion on the "court warrant" issue, the Speaker said that contrary to the established norms and practice she had given a memorandum in this regard. Thereafter, the Speaker said, he had sought information from the State Government and has been told by the State Law department that there was no court warrant against Mr. Chauhan when he took the oath of office and secrecy as Chief Minister.

When the Opposition members were using their lung power, the Speaker was heard saying that the Opposition's claim is that there was a warrant and the Government's stand is that there was no warrant. At this juncture, when the Samajwadi Party MLA, Sunilam said that an adjournment notice has also been moved in this regard, Mr. Chauhan got up and said that they were ready for a discussion on this issue. The House would now take up for discussion the warrant issue on Friday.