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Power failure behind RSTV blackout of O'Brien's speech: Probe

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A preliminary inquiry conducted into the alleged blacking out of the first few minutes of Derek O'Brien's speech by Rajya Sabha Television has found that power failure was responsible for the four-minute break in transmission.

However, Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu has ordered a detailed inquiry into the matter, Rajya Sabha was informed today.

O'Brien had raised the issue in the on February 7, saying "I seek your protection.. I spoke today in Rajya Sabha. The first 4-6 minutes of my speech were not shown on Rajya Sabha TV. I am a member of the Opposition. You protect us".

of Opposition had dubbed it as a "very serious issue" and said "don't convert Rajya Sabha TV into TV."

Satyanarayan Jatiya, who was in the then, had assured a probe in the matter.

Making a statement in the today, senior member Basawaraj Patil, who was in the Chair, said "an inquiry was conducted and it was found that there was a break in the live transmission of Rajya Sabha TV from 13:14 hours to 13:18 hours, four minutes when Derek O' Brien was speaking due to power failure."

Patil said that after the transmission resumed, the incident was regretted by the Rajya Sabha TV through a scroll. It also flashed that the entire speech of O'Brien would be telecast in the evening at 20:15. hours.

"The (M Venkaiah Naidu) has however ordered a detailed inquiry into the matter," Patil informed the members.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 16:40 IST