Notices against Arnab, Kangana: Privileges panel gets more time

From: PTI | Mumbai |

December 15, 2020 1:49:07 pm

Arnab Goswami; Kangana Ranaut

The Maharashtra Assembly on Tuesday extended time for the privileged committee to send its report on privileges of rupture by Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and actress Kangana Ranaut until the last day of the next Legislature session.

Shiv Sena, deputy Pratap Sarnaik, submitted the information on privileges on Goswami and Ranaut to the office of the president of the state Assembly on 7 September.

Sarnaik has had an argument with Ranaut in the past after she compared Mumbai with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The MLA has also sought reopening of alleged support to a 2018 suicide case in which Goswami was arrested by Mumbai Police recently. Goswami is currently under bail.

BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar, speaking on Tuesday in the state Assembly, wondered whether the scope of privilege breach is widening.

“When was the notice accepted and transformed into a movement? Did the proper process of 29 members supporting the notice on the floor of the House follow? he asked.

He said the privilege is to be used against those who create obstacles in the functioning of the House.

BJP MP Atul Bhatkalkar said “why use the legislature when libel laws are there to act against certain individuals”.

Chhagan Bhujbal, state minister of food and civilian supplies, said the issue listed in the agenda is just to give an extension to the privileged committee to send its report.

The chairman of the privileges committee, Deepak Kesarkar, said the notices were accepted by the chairman and handed over to the committee.

“Any discussion of this matter infringes on the rights of the speaker,” he said.

Minister of state parliamentary affairs Anil Parab said all legislators have special privileges, and “how they use if they are not used”.

Nana Patole, assembly, said Uddhav Thackeray is the chief minister and head of state. “It’s not about individuals but about the mail, and every insult about the mail is an insult against the state and the Legislature,” he said.

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