Bhagwant Mann gets 2 day’s time to change reply given to Parliament panel

  • Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 28, 2016 23:15 IST
Aam Aadmi Party leader Bhagwant Mann leaves parliament house after attending the Ethics Committee during the monsoon session in New Delhi. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party’s parliamentarian Bhagwant Mann — accused of breaching Parliament security — got two days to change his written reply to the Lok Sabha panel, which is probing his act to suggest action.

In a five-page letter to the nine-member MPs’ panel, Mann maintained that Prime Minister Narendra Modi be called before it for compromising national security. When Mann appeared before the panel on Thursday afternoon, chairman Kirit Somaiya slammed him for dragging the PM while tendering ‘most humble apology’ for uploading a video that showed his journey from his Delhi home to Parliament.

“You are damaging your case,” Somaiya warned.

Mann maintained that he didn’t violate any law. He questioned why broadcast vans are “habitually stationed” near the main gate—seen in his video—and claimed the virtual House tour in Lok Sabha website also shows what’s inside Parliament, after being accused of exposing the route to enter Parliament.

Shiv Sena’s Anandrao Adsul said in the meeting, “I have spent 20 years in Parliament but never thought of doing such a video. You have come here two years ago, and did something unthinkable.”

BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi asked if anyone had stopped him from filming and when did Mann come to know that he has done the wrong thing by shooting the video. The AAP MP from Sangrur, Punjab, said no body stopped him or told him that he is not doing the right thing.

BJD’s Bhartruhari Mahtab didn’t question Mann but AIADMK MP said Mann’s act was unbecoming of a parliamentarian. Mann will re-appear before the panel on Monday.

Mann had recorded an amateur video on his phone of his drive from his home in South Avenue near Parliament to inside the building, briefly detailing the security arrangements on his way and then posted it on Facebook. He has been asked to skip Parliament till the issue is not settled.

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