THE ISSUE of TV channel IBN-CNN chief, Rajdeep Sardesai being let off without personal appearance in the Vidhan Sabha yesterday, took a new turn today when members of the committee, appointed to probe the sting operation, offered to resign in protest.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Azam Khan admitted the mistake and said that the issue was not dealt with properly and apologised for the same. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey said that the decision to accept Sardesai’s apology for not responding to various notices and for not providing the original CD to the committee was taken at an all party meeting. Pandey also clarified that he wanted to bring the matter to the notice of the House, but could not do so as it was not in order.
The issue was raised today in the Vidhan Sabha by Lakshmi Kant Bajpai of the BJP and chairman of the committee Dr PK Rai, who said that the committee was appointed after a unanimous decision and even its interim report was accepted by the House. Then, how can the issue be resolved in a close door meeting that too without informing the committee, they asked and added that under the changed circumstances there was no sense or relevance of the committee and so all the members were ready to resign.
The Speaker said that he had not received any resignation, but he would appoint a new committee if so happened. He, however, denied the allegation of Bajpai that the decision to let off Sardesai was taken at the behest of the national president of a political party.
He assured the members of circulating Sardesai’s letter, in which he had apologised and said that the original CD provided by him too would be handed over to the chairman of the committee.