Ethics Committee in Delhi Assembly on lines of Rajya Sabha
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Last Updated: Friday, April 02, 2010, 18:49
New Delhi: In a move aimed at ensuring proper conduct of MLAs, Delhi Assembly has decided to form an ethics committee on the lines of Rajya Sabha to prepare a code of conduct for its members and monitor their activities.

Speaker Yoganand Shastri said the committee will keep a tab on the conduct of MLAs both inside and outside the House and it will even have power to recommend disqualification of members if found guilty of "serious breach of conduct".

He said the allegations of BJP MLA from Bijwasan Satprakash Rana misbehaving with a Delhi Jal Board engineer has hastened the decision to form the committee.

Rana had allegedly roughed up a DJB engineer in October last year following which a delegation of the agency had approached the government to take appropriate action against the MLA.

"We have decided to constitute a nine member committee which will examine allegations of misconduct against the MLAs. It is an effort to protect the dignity and pride of the House.

"The committee will have an eye on all the MLAs even if the House is not in session," the Speaker said adding that he has received a request from Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna to sort out the issue involving Rana.

Shastri said history was repeated on the last day of the assembly yesterday when Congress MLAs posed questions that were supposed to be asked by Opposition BJP legislators during the Question Hour.

The situation arose as BJP MLAs were expelled from the House on Wednesday for the rest of the budget session which ended yesterday.

Shastri, using the 'Rule 42 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Assembly' gave the option to the Congress MLAs to ask the questions that were listed to be asked by the BJP MLAs.

"History was created for the second time in the assembly. This practice was adopted for the first time on June 29, 2009," he said. A proposal congratulating the speaker for using the special provision was passed by the House yesterday.

He said both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have adopted the practice of Delhi Assembly and amended their Rules of Procedure. "It is a matter of great pride for us that Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have adopted this practice."

Asked about complaint of RJD MLA from Okhla Mohammad Asif that the proceedings of the House were "relayed live" outside with the help of a mobile phone, the Speaker said the matter will be investigated.

Asif had claimed that "somebody had relayed the proceedings through a mobile phone when he was talking about the incident of attack on him by supporters of a Rajya Sabha MP.


First Published: Friday, April 02, 2010, 18:49

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