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Pepper Spray Incident Goes to Privileges Panel

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has referred the pepper spray incident in the House to the privileges committee headed by senior Congress leader PC Chacko, a Lok Sabha Secretariat release has said.

Published: 17th February 2014 09:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2014 09:28 AM   |  A+A-

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has referred the pepper spray incident in the House to the privileges committee headed by senior Congress leader PC Chacko, a Lok Sabha Secretariat release has said.

During the introduction of Telangana bill in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, TDP MP M Venugopal Reddy had pulled out a mike from the secretary-general’s table and Lagadapati Rajagopal broke the glass cover of vote counting machine and also sprayed pepper liquid indiscriminately to prevent introduction of the bill. The incident was condemned by MPs, who demanded action against the members. The Speaker had called the incident inside “a blot on democracy”.

The committee consists of 15 members nominated by the Speaker. The committee has the power to take punitive measures, which include recommending imprisonment and even expulsion.

A 10- member joint committee on security in Parliament complex has already been asked to look into the security aspects, including frisking of MPs, after the unsavoury event. The committee headed by BJP leader Kariya Munda will review the privileges extended to the MPs inside Parliament complex.

After the violent brawl on Thursday, several MPs had asked for putting up a mechanism for thorough screening of members at the entrance of Parliament. Some MPs were of the view that frisking will be required to prevent violent incidents in the House.



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