Suspend Bhagwant Mann for rest of session, recommends House panel

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New Delhi: The parliamentary committee probing the act of AAP MP Bhagwant Mann of posting video footage of Parliament on social media, on Thursday recommended that he be suspended for the rest of the current session.

The committee, headed by BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, said: “The committee, after due deliberations, recommends that Bhagwant Mann, MP, be suspended for the remaining period of the current session, i.e. the 10th session of the 16th Lok Sabha.”

The committee also said that there were repeated contradictions in his communications, and therefore, it felt that “tendering of his apology before the committee cannot be treated as unconditional apology”.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP had earlier apologised unconditionally after being found guilty.

The committee said: “In view of the findings, conclusions and observations, the committee feels that the conduct of Mann is highly objectionable and exhibits his lack of basic knowledge and etiquette and the responsibilities of the office he holds.

“Through his improper conduct, Mann has put the security of Parliament House and its occupants at risk.”

The committee also strongly desired that Mann will refrain from such misdemeanours in the future.

“The committee would also like to impress upon Mann the utmost need for strict adherence to norms and standards of etiquette, due compliance of the rules of procedure and well settled rich traditions of Parliament and the need to uphold the decorum and discreetness,” the committee added.