Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar on Monday, February 13, walked out of the witness box of the Bhima Koregaon Commission and announced that he had quit the cross-examination.
He alleged that government lawyers were trying to divert the investigation.
Ambedkar said, “The Maharashtra State Government is responsible for the Bhima Koregaon riots and at present, attempts are being made by the government lawyers to divert the investigation.”
The VBA supremo further said that she has provided all the information sought by the commission, but she also said that she is being “forced” to say certain things.
He further said, “I had decided not to testify before the Commission, but later after receiving the summons from the Commission, I testified.”
Accusing the Maharashtra state government of trying to deflect blame, Ambedkar – who is the grandson of ‘Father of the Indian Constitution’ BR Ambedkar – continued: “The Bhima Koregaon riots were perpetrated by the police.”
He alleged that the commission was merely cosmetic and not functionally effective. “When the Commission was not given judicial powers, I decided not to appear; but later went to the hearing as a common citizen. The Commission is helpless and has no powers.” He said.