Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has called an all-party meeting on April 25 where the issue of the alleged involvement of some MPs in the human trafficking case may be taken up.
The meeting is part of the Speaker's consultations with party leaders to discuss the smooth functioning of Parliament when the second phase of the Budget session starts from April 26. But the latest controversy surrounding the MPs is likely to figure at this meeting.
Sources quoted Chatterjee as saying that the allegations "are very serious and grave in nature. The matter may be considered in the leaders' meeting on April 25 on the eve of the resumption of the Budget session."
This is the third major scandal to hit the MPs in recent times. Eleven MPs found involved in the cash-for-query scandal were punished with expulsions. Around the same time, some MPs were found involved in the MPs funds scandal and accused of taking a commission. And now their alleged links with human trafficking threatens to further hurt their image.