AAP MP Bhagwant Mann not to attend Parliament as video is studied

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday said AAP MP Bhagwant Mann’s videography of the Parliament House complex had put its security “in peril” and asked him not to attend the House till a decision is taken on the matter while setting up a nine-member panel to probe the issue.

The panel, chaired by BJP member Kirit Somaiya, has been asked to submit its report by August 3, while Mann has time till tomorrow morning to submit his explanation to the committee.

“The act of the member of audio-visual recording of the Parliament and posting it on the social media puts the security of Parliament in peril,” the Speaker said, adding that several members had expressed concern over the issue on Friday last.

The member is “advised not to attend the sittings of the House” until a decision is taken in the matter, Mahajan said.

Mann was not present in the House. As soon as the House assembled, she informed it about the action being taken on the issue which had led to the adjournment of Lok Sabha proceedings on July 22.

“The inquiry committee shall inquire into the serious security implications and related aspects…. (and) suggest suitable remedial measures to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future and recommend appropriate action in the matter,” the Speaker said.

Last week, Mann had put out in the social media a video of his vehicle passing security barricades and entering the Parliament complex. He had also videographed a room where Parliament questions were being sorted.

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