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Kiran Bedi gets complete support on privilege issue

delhi Updated: Aug 30, 2011 23:54 IST
HT Correspondent
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Anna Hazare

Social activist Anna Hazare's team on Tuesday strongly backed its member Kiran Bedi, who is facing a breach of privilege notice in Parliament for her controversial remarks against the Members of Parliament, during her speeches at the Ramlila Ground.

Hazare's close aide, Arvind Kejriwal, said the entire team is solidly behind Bedi.

"She will respond to the notice as and when the notice is received. You may like it or not, that's a different thing but it does not constitute breach of privilege of Parliament," he said.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, another key member of Hazare's team, said the move to serve a notice to Bedi was "unfortunate as she had not said anything which could be termed as breach of privilege."

Bhushan said there was already a talk that he and Kejriwal will also get privilege notices. "If this is done, it is clear... people will think that perhaps MPs are thinking that our fight is against MPs as we talk about their corruption. People will think it is a way for MPs to seek revenge," Bhushan said.

Bedi, a former Indian Police Services (IPS) officer, had on Monday said she was not going to apologise and was prepared for any punishment.

"Sorry, no apology for being demonstratively a voice of public anguish. Prepared for any punishment," she had said.

In contrast to Bedi's stand, actor Om Puri, who is also facing breach of privilege notice, apologised for using derogatory remarks to deride the political class.

Bedi visited Hazare, who is recovering at a Gurgaon hospital, but did not speak about the privilege notice against her on Tuesday.