Delhi Police may book Mann for uploading Parliament video on FB

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2016 13:11 IST
File photo of AAP legislator Bhagwant Mann. Both houses of Parliament were rocked by protests on July 22, 2016, over Mann posting a video of Parliament premises on FB. (Anil Dayal / HT Photo )

Delhi Police may register a case on Friday evening against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann for uploading on Facebook a video of the Parliament premises, an act that has triggered a storm on condemnation from political parties.

Both Houses were rocked by protests against Mann’s action on Friday as prominent leaders cutting across party lines said the Sangrur MP’s actions had seriously compromised Parliament’s security.

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan also summoned Mann , who said he is ready to apologise.

“The issue of Mann’s video is serious; some kind of action should be taken as 13 people had laid down their lives protecting Parliament,” Mahajan told reporters, referring to the 2001 Parliament attack.

Shortly afterwards, senior officials told HT that Delhi Police are seeking legal opinion and could register a case by Friday evening.

“One should not play with the security of Parliament. Making such videos viral is not the right thing to do,” Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

In the 11 minute 52 second video, Mann is seen entering the Parliament lobby with the phone where he also recorded the procedure of asking questions during Zero Hour. The video shows him narrating the security procedures that an MP is subjected to while entering Parliament.

As soon as the House met for the day, NDA members raised the issue of Mann’s video, terming it as a security breach.

Kirit Somaiya (BJP) demanded his disqualification as an MP, while his party colleague R K Singh, a former Home secretary, said the AAP member has put a question mark on the security of the sensitive complex. He demanded a breach of privilege motion be brought against Mann.

Lashing out at Mann for filming security pickets inside the Parliament, the Janata Dal United (JDU) on Friday said the AAP MP must be refrained from entering into Parliament.

Speaking to ANI, JD (U) leader Ajay Alok asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to reprimand Mann for his act and sought Mahajan’s intervention into the matter.

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