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Dec 24, 2012, 09.24 PM IST | Source: PTI

LG returns amid questions over absence from protest-hit Delhi

LG returns amid questions over absence from protest-hit Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 24 (PT) With questions raised about his absence at a time when Delhi has been rocked by a wave of protests, Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna had to cut short his visit to the US but he ruled out his resignation in the wake of the gang-rape of a girl here. Though sources said the Lt Governor came back following a communication from the Home Ministry, Khanna today insisted that he returned on his own considering the gravity of the situation. "I had gone to the US to meet my daughter after taking permission from the President. The incident had taken place after I left. Nobody had given me any direction to come back. After knowing about the situation, I took the decision to come back and handle the situation. Even the Home Minister knows about it," the Lt Governor told reporters. When asked whether Lt Governor has been summoned, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde only said he enquired about Khanna's whereabouts. "I enquired where is he and was told that he was allowed to go to foreign country....I enquired and he returned. I must put the facts," the Minister said. The Delhi Police functions under the Union Home Ministry and the Police Commissioner reports to the Lt Governor as he is the administrative head of the force. The sources said Khanna had to cut short his stay in the US following a communication from the Union Home Ministry in view of the volatile situation in the capital, and returned last night. The Lt Governor said he was issuing direction to his office to take certain steps in view of the violence. When asked whether he would consider stepping down taking responsibility for the incident, Khanna said "I do not think so." "In my view we are being able to take corrective action because all these gestures you are talking about so and so should step down.... You have to see who is the person accountable on the ground. "Many such things keep on happening. As far as question of my stepping down or not stepping down, it is for the political masters to take a call. If they think I am doing a good job, I stay. If they think I am not doing a good job, I go," he said. PTI MPB RT

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