Katara debarred from attending Lok Sabha
Babubhai Katara has been debarred from attending Lok Sabha for his alleged involvement in a human trafficking case, reports Anil Anand.india Updated: Apr 26, 2007 17:53 IST
BJP’s Lok Sabha member Babubhai Katara has been debarred from attending the House for his alleged involvement in a human trafficking case.
Directing him not to attend the House, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said he would discuss the issue with leaders of all political parties in the House to take a final decision on Katara’s fate.
As soon as the House re-assembled after the break on Thursday, Chatterjee issued a suo motu statement on the issue after the obituary references. He condemned the MPs alleged involvement in the case.
Referring to the matter with "distress", Chatterjee said he would soon convene a meeting of leaders of political parties in the House to discuss how to tackle such matters so that the "prestige of this great institution” remained intact.
The Speaker disclosed that he had had discussed the subject with the leaders on Wednesday. “It was unanimously agreed that Lok Sabha should not only express its concern but also condemn the commission of the alleged offence by the member of this august House," he said.
"Accordingly, on behalf of the House and on my behalf, I strongly disapprove the conduct of the member and condemn the same," he said adding: “The Lok Sabha is distressed and expresses its firm determination to take all necessary action, so that the dignity of the House is not tarnished."
Katara was arrested at Indira Gandhi International Airport here when he was allegedly trying to smuggle out a woman and a boy to Canada after forging passports of his wife and son.
First Published: Apr 26, 2007 12:23 IST