The Vidhan Sabha has refused to provide the record of objectionable remarks allegedly spoken by Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in the Assembly during the recently-concluded Budget session against Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu.
In its reply to the SC Commission of Punjab, the office of the Punjab assembly has said that according to the Constitution, the legislator has the freedom to speak in the House and no legislator can be summoned anywhere.After the rejection of his appeal from the office of the Speaker of Punjab Assembly, Akali MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu had filed his appeal before the SC Commission of Punjab. After the denial of record by Assembly office, now SC Commission has issued a letter to MLA Tinu asking him to submit any evidence in this regard. According to the sources, the Commission can summon Sidhu, if Tinu provides any proof.In the budget session of Punjab, during a question hour session, in response to the question of sewage treatment plant asked by Dalit Akali MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had made personal remarks against him. Even in the press gallery of Vidhan Sabha, Sidhu allegedly repeated the same remarks against MLA Tinu. Akali and BJP legislators had protested against Sidhu’s remarks in the assembly. Tinu had also filed an appeal to the Speaker against Sidhu, but it was rejected and later he had filed it before the SC Commission, Punjab.The Commission had asked the office of the assembly to provide the record of this dispute till July 6. But the Assembly office, giving the reference of Article 194 of the Indian Constitution, has said that the legislator had the freedom to speak in the House and no legislator cannot be summoned anywhere else. But according to sources in the Commission, it can summon anyone for the anti-Dalit remarks.Presently, a three-member inquiry committee set-up by SC Commission, in which the vice chairman of the Commission Raj Singh is the chairman of inquiry committee, and the other two members are Prabh Dayal and Raj Kumar Hans, has issued a letter to the MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu and asked him to provide any evidence regarding the incident so that next action can be taken.
According to sources in the Commission, if the MLA gives any proof, then according to the Act, Sidhu can be summoned.
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