Prashant Bhushan replies to privilege notice

Prashant Bhushan, Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal will on Wednesday reply to the breach of privilege notices issued to them for their alleged derogatory remarks against parliamentarians.

Updated: Sep 14, 2011, 12:21 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Key team Anna member and advocate Prashant Bhushan on Wednesday replied to the breach of privilege notices issued to him and other Team Anna members for their alleged derogatory remarks against Parliamentarians.

After Bhushan, Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal are also expected to file their replies later today.

It is to be noted that social activist Anna Hazare’s close associates were served privilege notices for mocking the Parliamentarians on September 3 and 4.

Terming the notice as "totally unjustified", Team Anna members said that "speaking the truth in public interest does not amount to breach of privilege".

"If speaking truth in public interest amounts to breach of privilege, then time has come for the country to review the whole notion of Parliamentary privileges," Bhushan said.

Kejriwal also confirmed that the letter has been received at his residence in Ghaziabad.

Prior to Kejriwal, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi also received breach of privilege notice for her remarks against parliamentarians.
"Received Breach of Privilege. Shall respond appropriately recording the distrust `we the people` were suffering," Bedi had tweeted in her reaction to the development.

Bedi had said that she will not "apologise" for her remarks against politicians, but intends to show a "bigger mirror" to the House on the conduct of lawmakers.

"If I get a notice, I would say I am sorry I will not be able to say sorry. If I get an opportunity I will go before the Committee and will show a bigger mirror to Parliament," she had said.
She said whatever she had said was in reference to a situation, where it was needed to be said. "The truth has to be said. I didn`t have any other option as we didn`t know whether we would have a resolution," she said.

The privilege notice against Bedi came as she accused politicians of wearing "several masks" at the same time, drawing the ire of MPs from both Houses.