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MPLAD scam: LS suspends four members

The four members are Churchill Alemao (Cong), Paras Nath Yadav (SP), Faggan Singh Kulaste and Ramswaroop Koli (both BJP).

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 14:12 IST

In an unprecedented act, Lok Sabha on Monday reprimanded four members held guilty in the MPLAD scam by a Parliamentary Committee.

They were also suspended till March 22 for their "improper conduct" in the implementation of the scheme.

The House unanimously adopted a resolution, moved by Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee, in this regard, a week after the V Kishore Chandra Deo Committee recommended the punishment.

The four members are Churchill Alemao (Cong), Paras Nath Yadav (SP), Faggan Singh Kulaste and Ramswaroop Koli (both BJP).

This was the first time that any member has been reprimanded by the House which had handed out other forms of punishment like admonition, suspension and expulsion.

Moving the motion just before the House resumed discussion on the Finance Bill, Mukherjee said he he was carrying out a "really painful duty" a few months after a similar exercise resulted in the expulsion of 10 members in the wake of cash-for-query scam.

Mukherjee said what the House was doing was a "self correcting process".

The motion said "the period of absence of the four members from sittings of the House and Committees on a request made by the Speaker on December 20, 2005 may be deemed to be their suspension from the membership of the House till date."

"And the suspension from the membership of the House may continue till March 22, 2006," it said.

Speaker Somnath Chatterjee hoped the House would not have to go through such painful exercises in future.

"It is a great honour for us that people of India have sent us here and I wish that we live up to their expectations," the Speaker said.

The recommendations of the seven-member panel, chaired by V Kishore Chandra S Deo, came barely three months after the expulsion of 10 Lok Sabha members in the winter session of Parliament.

The Committee had maintained that the conduct of none of the four members "was above board and they need to be handed out appropriate punishment".

It, however, gave the benefit of doubt to them saying the "improper conduct" on their part "did not strictly speaking relate to their parliamentary duties and none of the said members was actually shown as accepting the money".

The Committee also recommended that the Union Government should suitably revise guidelines governing MPLADS with a view to plugging various loopholes and lacunae.

First Published: Mar 20, 2006 13:03 IST