MPs get reprieve in MPLADS scam

The Parliamentary panel gave the four MPs benefit of doubt and recommended that they be suspended till March 22.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 13:59 IST

The four Lok Sabha members named in the MPLADS scam on Tuesday got a reprieve.

The Parliamentary Committee, which probed it, gave them benefit of doubt recommending that they be reprimanded and suspended till March 22 when the first leg of the ongoing Budget Session concludes.

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

While maintaining that the conduct of none of the four members "was above board and they need to be handed out appropriate punishment", it gave the benefit of doubt to the four lawmakers 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".

"Alemao Churchill (Cong), Paras Nath Yadav (SP), Faggan Singh Kulaste and Ramswaroop Koli (both BJP) may be reprimanded. They may also be suspended from the membership of the House till 22 March 2006," recommended the Committee in its 51-page unanimous report tabled in the House on Tuesday.

The Committee also recommended that the Union Government may suitably revise guidelines governing MPLADS with a view to plugging various loopholes and lacunae and initiate steps for "laying guidelines and norms for sting operators".

The period of abstention from sittings of the House and the Committees by all the four MPs on the directions of the Speaker "may be deemed to be their suspension from the membership of the House", it said.

First Published: Mar 14, 2006 12:56 IST