Radadiya wants probe against toll plaza staff

Writes to Manmohan, Sonia, says was 'mishandled'.

Porbandar Congress MP Vitthal Radadiya, who was caught on CCTV and later booked for brandishing his gun at toll plaza attendants at Karjan in Vadodara district last week, has demanded probe against the staff for "misbehaving" with him.

Radadiya has written letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi complaining about the staff at the Karjan toll booth on the Express Highway.

"I have sent a letter to the PM and told him how I, an elected Member of Parliament, was mishandled by the L&T staff at the toll booth and how they all misbehaved with me," said Radadiya.

He has claimed in his letter that he was eligible for free passage and though he showed his "MP ID", the staff there "rudely" raised doubts about his identity.

He has marked the copy of his letter to Union Minister for Surface Transport C P Joshi and his deputy Tushar Chaudhary.

On October 12, Radadiya brandished his gun at the employees of toll booth on National Highway eight near Karjan after his driver was asked to show the MP's ID card to waive the payment of toll.

An FIR was filed against the MP by the Vadodara rural police on the basis of CCTV footage following a complaint by the manager of the private company managing the booth.

Radadiya was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for rioting, issuing death threats, and also under the Arms Act for brandishing his double-barrelled shotgun.

His anticipatory bail application was rejected on Wednesday by Additional District and Sessions Judge of Vadodara and Radadia is likely to file a petition challenging the sessions court's order in the Gujarat High Court.

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