Ronen Sen eats his headless chickens

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Oct 29 | Updated: Oct 30 2007, 04:21am hrs
Indias ambassador to the US Ronen Sen on Monday appeared before the privileges committee of the Lok Sabha and tendered an unqualified apology for his headless chicken remarks, allegedly made against parliamentarians. In his explanation, he told the panel the reporter published the interview without his knowledge and the comments made by him were off-the-record and directed at the media. The panel is likely to accept his apology and decide that no further action is needed.

I did not know that the conversation made on a mobile telephone was being recorded, Sen is learnt to have told the committee. He also expressed regret for hurting sentiments of the members of Parliament (MPs) and said that there was no intention to cast aspersions on the critics of the nuclear agreement. This is perhaps for the first time in Parliamentary history that a top diplomat appeared before the law makers for making controversial remarks.

Sources in the committee told FE that the member are convinced by Sens explanation. The panel will submit its report to the Lok Sabha Speaker after another sitting before the winter session. It also decided not to summon Sri Lankan born journalist Aziz Hanifa, who had conducted the interview with Sen.

Sen will appear before the Rajya Sabha privileges committee on November 2 for a similar hearing.