Decision on Mann’s Parl video deferred again

SansadTV Bureau

Bhagwant-Mann-AAP-in-Lok-Sabha,-ParliamentThe Lok Sabha panel probing Aam Admi Party’s Bhagwant Mann’s Parliament video has again been given an extension. The probe panel has now time until late November to submit its report.

“Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has given extension to the Committee on Conduct of Bhagwant Mann till the end of the first week of next (Winter) session,” the panel’s chairman, Kirit Somaiya said on Friday.

The Winter session of Parliament generally starts in the third week of November.

Mann is being probed for putting the security of the Parliament and its members at risk by making a video while entering the Parliament complex. He revealed the strategically placed security to the rest of the world as he streamed the video on social media.

Last week, the panel had heard some security personnel who were deployed at the gate from where the AAP MP had entered the high security zone while making the video.

The security personnel were questioned to find out if there were any loopholes in the security apparatus and what had actually transpired that day when AAP MP entered the complex.

Somaiya had said that the committee will submit its report in two parts–one related to the role of Mann in exposing the Parliament security and the other suggesting corrective measures.

The nine-member committee was set up to probe the incident termed by many as “serious breach” of security of the Parliament House complex after MPs from all parties raised and matter in the Parliament and demanded a probe. MPs questioned the “improper conduct” of Mann when he posted “critical footage” of Parliament House complex on social media.

Post the uproar in Parliament, the AAP MP from Sangrur was asked by the Lok Sabha Speaker not to attend the sittings of the House until a decision was taken by the panel.

Initially a defiant Mann had maintained that he did nothing wrong as his intention was to only make people aware of parliamentary procedures. But later he did apologise for what he had done.

Earlier this month the panel was given a two-week extension and was scheduled to submit its report on Thursday.

(With inputs from PTI)