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9 member panel to probe video controversy involving AAP MP Mann
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday set up a nine-member panel to probe the alleged breach of Parliament security by AAP lawmaker Bhagwant Mann and "advised" him not to attend the House till the issue is resolved.
 
Addressing the Lok Sabha as soon as it reassembled after the weekend break, Mahajan said taking audio video footage of security zones in Parliament by Punjab's Sangrur MP Mann on July 21 and putting it up on social networking sites was improper.
 
"I have decided to constitute a nine-member Inquiry Committee to probe this incident and submit its report. The Inquiry Committee shall inquire into the serious security implications and related aspects arising out of the conduct of the audio visual recording," Mahajan said.
 
She said Mann's act put "security of the Parliament in peril".
 
Mann has been asked to appear before the panel by 10.30 a.m. on July 26 (Tuesday) and make his submission.
 
The Speaker said the panel should submit its report by August 3 and till then Mann was "advised" not to attend the session.
 
"The Committee is requested to examine the matter expeditiously and is authorized to follow its own procedure. The report of the Committee will be presented to the House for its consideration," Mahajan said.
 
"In view of the seriousness of the matter, Mann is advised not to attend the sittings of the House until a decision is taken in the matter," she said.
 
Describing Parliament as the "sanctum sanctorum" of democracy, Mahajan recalled that on December 13, 2001, security personnel had sacrificed their lives for protecting Parliament and after that the entire security system was reviewed and overhauled.
 
Therefore, the "act of the member" of making an audio visual recording of the security checks inside Parliament and posting it on social media has "put the security of the Parliament in peril", she said.
 
Mahajan said she had consulted leaders of all political parties and everyone supported her action on this issue.
 
The nine-member panel is headed by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Kirit Somaiya and includes Anandrao Adsul (Shiv Sena), Meenakshi Lekhi, Satya Pal Singh (both BJP), B. Mahtab (Biju Janata Dal), Ratna De Nag (Trinamool Congress), Thota Narasimhan (Telugu Desam Party), K.C. Venugopal (Congress) and P. Venugopal (AIADMK).
 
The panel has also been asked to "suggest remedial measures" so that such episodes are not repeated.
 
"The Committee should also suggest suitable remedial measures to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future and recommend appropriate action in the matter," she said.
 
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Jyoti Dua

4 months ago

Good decision by Speaker.

RBI imposes Rs 5 cr penalty on Bank of Baroda
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a penalty of Rs5 crore ($754,000) on the Bank of Baroda (BoB) for irregularities in anti-money laundering (AML) provisions that came to light in October 2015, the public sector lender said here on Monday.
 
"The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs50 million on the Bank of Baroda. Pursuant to the internal audit of the bank, the RBI and investigative agencies in October 2015 were advised by the bank of certain irregularities observed," the BoB said in a BSE filing.
 
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had conducted raids in October 2015 at over 50 locations to probe the illegal transfer of Rs6,172 crore by the BoB's Ashok Vihar branch in Delhi in the names of 59 companies in Hong Kong. The companies, it was later found, were registered on wrong addresses. 
 
"The RBI carried out the investigation and noted the deficiencies which were reflective of weaknesses and failures in internal control mechanisms in respect of certain AML provisions such as monitoring of transactions, timely reporting to FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit), and assigning of UCIC (Unique Customer Identification Code) to customers," the BoB said.
 
The Bank of Baroda has implemented a comprehensive corrective action plan, to strengthen internal controls and to ensure that such incidents do not recur, it added.
 
It was alleged that there were 8,667 forex transactions from the Ashok Vihar branch of the bank during the period August 1, 2014, and Aug 12, 2015, which had prompted a probe. 
 
"It was alleged that 59 current account holders and unknown bank officials conspired to send overseas remittances, mostly to Hong Kong, of foreign exchange in illegal and irregular manner in violation of established banking norms under the garb of payments towards suspected non-existent imports," the CBI had said. 
 
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Sidhu takes on BJP but mum on joining AAP
Former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said he gave up his Rajya Sabha seat as he was repeatedly asked to stay away from Punjab which he was not prepared to do.
 
Addressing a crowded press conference here, Sidhu, however, declined to spell out his political future and ducked questions on whether he planned to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
 
"I resigned from the Rajya Sabha because I was told to not turn towards Punjab and stay away from Punjab... Why should I stay away from Punjab and on whose wishes?" a visibly angry Sidhu asked.
 
Saying he believed in "rashtra dharma", the cricketer-turned-politician said: "How could I ignore my roots and betray my homeland? Should I stay away from Punjab just to cater to personal interests of some people?"
 
Sidhu, who was not allowed by the Bharatiya Janata Party to contest from Amritsar in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, did not take the name of any political party or leader in his nearly 10-minute media address that was punctuated by Urdu couplets. 
 
Ever since Sidhu submitted his resignation from the Rajya Sabha on July 18, the opening day of Parliament's monsoon session, there has been intense speculation that he might team up with the AAP, which has emerged as a major player in Punjab ahead of assembly elections due next year.
 
While AAP leaders have hinted that Sidhu would campaign for it, the Congress has repeatedly urged him to join it. On its part, the BJP has not expelled Sidhu or his wife.
 
Sidhu said he had been elected to the Lok Sabha from Amritsar thrice since 2004 and pointed out that in 2009 he was the lone BJP victor in 51 Lok Sabha constituencies in northern India.
 
He claimed he was offered a Lok Sabha seat by the BJP from Kurukshetra in Haryana and west Delhi but he refused to contest from outside Punjab. He made it clear that he could not be placated by a Rajya Sabha berth.
 
Taking no names, Sidhu said: "This was not the first time I was being told to stay away from Punjab... This is for the third or fourth time." 
 
"What is my mistake?" asked the former BJP MP who has had repeated run-ins with Punjab's ruling Akali Dal, a BJP ally.
 
The former India cricket opener, now a popular TV personality, said no party was "above or bigger than Punjab". 
 
"The people of Amritsar have given me so much affection and respect. I cannot betray their trust."
 
Pressed by journalists to say if he was joining the AAP as its chief ministerial candidate, he replied: "That's not the issue. You will see Sidhu wherever Punjab's interests lie."
 
When journalists persisted, he replied in English: "I only want to serve Punjab and Amritsar. That's all."
 
After Sidhu's press conference, the Congress reiterated that he was welcome to join the party. "For every secular nationalist person, Congress is the party," party leader Pratap Singh Bajwa said.
 
The AAP made no formal reaction, but Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: "Sidhu would have spoken against drugs if he went to Punjab. BJP prevented him. Who was BJP trying to protect? Shocking."
 
R.P. Singh of BJP demanded to know why Sidhu accepted a Rajya Sabha seat if he was so cut up with the party and why he was leaning towards Kejriwal after having criticized him in the past.
 
The Akali Dal said it played no role in the BJP's decision not to nominate him from the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat in 2014 but quickly added that his chances of winning were slim.
 
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