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Differences in Par panel over punishing AAP MP Bhagwant Mann

Committee, headed by BJP's Kirit Somaiya, have to finalise a draft report after Mann tendered an unconditional apology

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

AAP MP Bhagwant Mann
AAP MP Bhagwant Mann

Members of the Parliamentary panel investigating MP Bhagwant Mann's controversial video of the House complex today failed to adopt a draft report following differences over quantum of punishment, with some opposing any punitive action as he had not been attending the House on the orders of the Speaker.

The committee, headed by BJP's Kirit Somaiya, on Tuesday to finalise a draft report after Mann tendered an unconditional apology and withdrew his remarks that Prime Minister be also summoned for inviting officials to Pathankot airbase after a terror attack there.

While there was unanimity on security aspects recommended by the panel, there were differences on the punishment to be handed down to him. Though he has been found guilty, some suggested that he be suspended for a day, a few others said the suspension should be be for a day. Others said since he has not been attending the House on the directions of the Speaker for a long time, he should not be punished.

The nine-member panel will meet again tomorrow.

"The report will be submitted on Wednesday," Somaiya told PTI, refusing to elaborate.

Mann has been accused of filming "critical" areas of House building.

Mann, MP from Sangrur, had triggered a controversy in July by live-streaming the security arrangements at the House complex on social media.

After facing flak for his act, the MP had defended his move saying he was only showing people how functioned.

He had later appeared before the committee and demanded Prime Minister Modi's suspension from the Lok Sabha for "compromising security" by allowing Pakistan's spy agency inside the Pathankot airbase after the terror attack. He had also sought that Modi too is summoned by the committee.

First Published: Tue, November 29 2016. 21:58 IST