Panel should summon PM Modi for inviting ISI to India: Bhagwant Mann

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 26, 2016 23:54 IST
AAP's Bhagwant Mann addresses media during the Monsoon Session of Parliament in New Delhi. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann remained defiant on Tuesday, shooting off a letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, seeking action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing officials of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI into Pathankot airbase.

The nine-member committee, headed by BJP MP Kirit Somaiya had summoned Mann on Tuesday for having posted a video showing the access route to Parliament and other details. The Sangrur MP has sought time till Thursday afternoon to appear.

“If I have been asked to stay away from Parliament till August 3, the Prime Minister, also an MP, should also be summoned by the committee and suspended for some time,” Mann said.

He said the ISI was responsible for attacks on Parliament in 2001 and the January 2 attack on the Pathankot airbase.

“The ISI was invited over to India and given a tour of the Pathankot airbase in an air-conditioned bus. Who is responsible for that?” Mann asked and dubbed the committee “a political stunt”.

AAP Punjab in-charge Sanjay Singh said the party backed Mann, and accused other parties of “quickly teaming up against him” for political reasons.

Singh alleged that the committee had asked the Delhi police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma to arrest Mann.

A committee member, while denying the charge, said Verma was called by the committee to understand the security detail of the periphery of Parliament.

The MPs also pulled up Verma for not following social media in which Mann had posted his video.

“Mann wrote to us seeking more time to present evidence. He will now appear before the committee on July 28 at 3pm,” the member said.

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.

After it was widely criticized by different political parties, Mann was summoned by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

“I tendered an unconditional apology and took down the video. Even though the secure area I showed is widely covered by the media.

“I only wanted to show those who voted for me that the issues lawmakers raise are decided through a draw of lots…I wanted my voters to know that only 20 MPs are lucky and the rest are unlucky if their issues are not selected through lottery,” Mann said.

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