Au­dio clip row: Speaker sus­pends 15 INLD leg­is­la­tors

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I have di­rected the di­rec­tor gen­eral of vig­i­lance bureau to hold an in­quiry into the al­leged case of bribe given by a BJP leader, re­port of which will be sub­mit­ted within a month.


CHANDIGARH: Chief min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar or­der­ing a vig­i­lance bureau (VB) in­quiry into the al­le­ga­tions of bribe paid by a BJP leader to be­come chair­per­son of a mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee and speaker Kan­war Pal ad­journ­ing the House twice be­fore sus­pend­ing 15 In­dian Na­tional Lok Dal (INLD) leg­is­la­tors till the du­ra­tion of the bud­get ses­sion marked the stormy pro­ceed­ings of the Vid­han Sabha on Tues­day.

Haryana as­sem­bly wit­nessed noisy scenes af­ter the INLD con­tin­ued to at­tack the BJP gov­ern­ment and dis­rupted the House pro­ceed­ings for around 80 min­utes.

At the core of the INLD at­tack on the gov­ern­ment was a se­cretly recorded au­dio al­legedly in­volv­ing two mid­dle-rung state BJP lead­ers talk­ing about how ₹75 lakh was al­legedly paid to se­cure the post of a mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee chair­per­son last year. The twopart au­dio had been do­ing rounds on the so­cial me­dia.

Khat­tar said he has di­rected the di­rec­tor gen­eral of vig­i­lance bureau to hold in­quiry into this is­sue, which was also used by the INLD to cor­ner the gov­ern­ment on Mon­day.

Khat­tar said the probe will be com­pleted within a month and strict ac­tion will be taken against those found guilty.

As the INLD leg­is­la­tors led by the leader of Op­po­si­tion Ab­hay Singh Chau­tala did not re­lent and trooped into the well of the House, speaker re­peat­edly cau­tioned the un­ruly MLAs. The speaker had ear­lier ad­journed the House twice for 15 min­utes each.

Fi­nally, at 1.15pm, the speaker or­dered the mar­shals to evict the INLD mem­bers from the House af­ter sus­pend­ing them for the re­main­ing du­ra­tion of the cur­rent bud­get ses­sion, which will con­clude on March 15.

Kan­war Pal moved the res­o­lu­tion to sus­pend the INLD mem­bers which was passed with voice vote. The INLD has 19 mem­bers in the Vid­han Sabha.

Three INLD MLAs — Makhan Lal Singla (Sirsa), Hari Chand Mid­dha (Jind) and Par­min­der Singh Dhull (Ju­lana) — were not sus­pended and they later staged a walk­out, which was joined by the lone Akali leg­is­la­tor, Balkaur Singh.

“The CM has made an at­tempt to give clean chit to per­son who is at the cen­tre of this con­tro­versy,” Chau­tala said, the al­le­ga­tion that speaker stoutly re­futed by read­ing out what Khat­tar had stated on this mat­ter in the House. Khat­tar had re­fused to ac­cede to the INLD de­mand of a CBI probe into the is­sue.

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