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Privilege notices against PM rejected

The LS Speaker, however, made clear the Govt was expected to investigate how Pathak report leak took place.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2006 13:35 IST

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Friday rejected notices of privilege against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on leakage of the Pathak Inquiry Authority report.

He, however, made clear that the government was expected to investigate how it happened and take action.

"I hold that no breach of privilege or contempt of the House has taken place by the leakage of the contents of the report. I, therefore, disallow the notices of question of privilege," the Speaker ruled.

The privilege notices were given by BJP deputy leader VK Malhotra and party colleagues Sontosh Gangwar and BC Khanduri, Braja Kishore Tripathy (BJD), Prabhunath Singh and George Fernandes (both JD-U), Sukhdev Singh Libra, Shiromani Akali Dal, and Mohan Singh of Samajwadi Party.