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Cash for query: Expel MPs, says panel

December 21, 2005 19:26 IST
Last Updated: December 23, 2005 00:04 IST

The Pawan Kumar Bansal Committee, which was constituted to probe the 'Cash-for-Query' scam involving 11 parliamentarians, has recommended that the parliamentarians caught accepting money in camera for asking questions inParliament beexpelled.

The Bansal committee submitted its report to Speaker Somnath Chatterjee in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The report, which was submittedto the Speaker in his chamber, is likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, according to a spokesman of the Speaker.

A total of 11 MPs (10 from the Lok Sabha and one from the Rajya Sabha) were allegedly caught on the camera by a private television channel while demanding money for asking questions in Parliament.

The MPs allegedly involved were M K Annasaheb Patil, Y G Mahajan, Pradeep Gandhi, Chandra Pratap Singh, Suresh Chandel (all from the Bharatiya Janata Party) Raja Ram Pal, Narendra Kushwaha, Lal Chandra (all from the Bahujan Samaj Party), Manoj Kumar (Rashtriya Janata Dal) and Ramsevak Singh (Congress).

As soon as the scam came to light, the Speaker had appointed a five-member committee headed by P K Bansal (Congress), to go into the matter and simultaneously prohibited all the ten accused MPs from participating in the parliamentary proceedings until completion of the inquiry.

Besides Bansal, the committee comprised Prof Vijay Kumar Malhotra (BJP), Mohd Salim (Communist Party of India-Marxist), Prof Ram Gopal Yadav (Samajwadi Party) and C Kuppusami (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam).

The Committee, which began its probe nine days ago on Monday, gave all the 10 MPs and the news channel, which telecast 'Operation Duryodhan' showing the sting operation, an opportunity to depose before the Committee.

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Sub: Cash-for-Query is trivial, compared to MPLADS scandal

"Cash-for-Query" is at worst a venial aberration, because it has not caused any real harm to anyone. At the same time, I question the methods ...

Posted by Dr T S Raman

Sub: Only 11 !!!!

Pawan Kumar Bansal Committee which is inquiring the case of \'Cash for Query\' is taking action only against 11 people. Whats the guaranttee that other ...

Posted by Pushkar

Sub: Babus denied access .

This move is highly condemnable and has set a highly objectionable precedent. The tendency of such incidents must be nipped in the bud. We must ...

Posted by Bibek Kumar Anand

Sub: Expel them and give INDIA INC the right direction

Expel them and give INDIA INC the right direction, I look upon Dr. Manmohan Singh to do something in this matter as this will help ...

Posted by John Payso

Sub: cash for query

The recommendation must be implemented immediately without any excuses,any further opportunities to the culprit MPs, any mercy,any dilution whatsoever. Only one question craves answer: why ...

Posted by d.thorat



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