Parliament video row: LS panel to take final call on Bhagwant Mann’s offense tomorrow

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Updated: December 08, 2016 4:29 PM

The nine-member committee, headed by BJP MP Kirti Somaiya has submitted the report to the house today suggesting Mann's further suspension.

Bhagwant Mann, Aam Aadmi Party, AAP, Parliament video row, Kirit Somaiya, BJP, Narendra Modi, Mann's Video Case, Parliament House VideoThe nine-member committee, headed by BJP MP Kirti Somaiya has submitted the report to the house today suggesting Mann’s further suspension. (Source: Express Photo)

The committee assigned to probe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann’s Parliament House videography infringement issue has today recommended his suspension for the rest of the sittings of the session. The nine-member committee, headed by BJP MP Kirit Somaiya has submitted the report to the Lok Sabha today suggesting an extension of Mann’s suspension. The house will adopt a resolution on it tomorrow.

The AAP MP from Punjab triggered a controversy in July by live-streaming the security arrangements at the Parliament House complex on Facebook in July. Mann, who was suspended from attending the proceedings of the Parliament pending inquiry, had clarified his stand on the matter saying, ‘he was only showing people how Parliament works’.

Looking at the gravity of the matter, the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked the AAP MP not to attend the further sittings of the House until a decision was taken.

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Post his suspension, Mann had even sat on dharna outside Parliament on Day 1 of the Winter Session holding a placard that read, “Modi is afraid of me, so he keeps me out of the Parliament.”

In a report published by India TV, the Punjab MP had later appeared before the committee and demanded Prime Minister Modi’s suspension from the Lok Sabha for ‘compromising national security’ by allowing Pakistan’s spy agency ISI inside the Pathankot airbase after the terror attack. He had also sought that Modi too should be summoned by the committee.

However, he had appologised and submitted an affidavit regarding the same. He has also vowed to never repeat the act which could ever compromise Parliament’s security.

Commenting on the entire fiasco, the Aam Aadmi Party called the controversy over Mann’s video an ‘unprecedented witch-hunt’, quoted India Today.

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