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AAP MP Bhagwant Mann Issues Unconditional Apology For Parliament Security Video

"I did not know that it is against the rules."

22/07/2016 3:55 PM IST | Updated 22/07/2016 4:05 PM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 8: Bhagwant Mann, Member of Parliament from Sangrur, Indian state of Punjab, during the Parliament Budget Session on March 8, 2016 in New Delhi, India. After huge criticism, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced roll back of its Budget proposal of imposing a tax on Employees' Provident Fund withdrawals. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Amid an uproar, AAP MP Bhagwant Mann today gave an unconditional apology over his video filming of the Parliament security as he was summoned by Lok Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who will consult political parties for "appropriate action" into the "too serious" matter.

Mann was pulled by the Speaker when he appeared before her at 11.10 am, sources in her office said.

As the issue rocked both Houses of Parliament with MPs demanding strong action against him, the Lok Sabha member from Sangrur said he had made the "mistake inadvertently" and that he had no intention of compromising the security of Parliament.

In his apology letter submitted to the Speaker, Mann said when he was coming to the House to attend Zero Hour, he had made the video by mistake as "I did not know that it is against the rules".

Contending that he had no intention of compromising the security of Parliament, he said, "I apologise unconditionally. I will not repeat it in future."

The Speaker, however, was not impressed by his apology, saying it was a matter "too serious" considering that Parliament has been attacked by terrorists once.

Mahajan later told reporters that if it had been a matter concerning the proceedings inside the House, she would have taken action immediately.

However, since it is a matter relating to the Parliament complex, she would consult political parties for "appropriate action".

She said this matter is above ethics or privilege as it concerns the security of Parliament and MPs who are the representatives of the people.

In this context, the Speaker noted that Parliament complex has already been attacked by terrorists on December 13, 2001 in which 13 people lost their lives.

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