Mumbai: Strongly reacting to the telecast of a audio clip alleging charge of cash for queries in the Assembly, the Legislative Council moved a breach of privilege motion against a news channel and its owners and seven other persons.
News 18 Lokmat on Thursday aired one audio clip in which three persons are talking to each other, claiming they have paid money for not raising the issue of HDIL developers. They claimed in the audio clip that leader of opposition Dhananjay Munde also needs to be given his share. After repeat telecast of the audio clip the channel raised a question on the functioning of the legislature, which hurt all members of the council.
Members of the ruling party demanded that if Munde is involved in the alleged scam, then he should be suspended from his post. Munde said he was ready for any open inquiry. "This a conspiracy against me by the ruling party to suppress me as I am taking up various issues against the government," he claimed.
"Though it is a question of corruption, it raises a question on the credibility of the legislature and its functioning. If the House allows such thing then the people will lose faith in the legislature," said Ram Raje Nimbalkar, Speaker of the Legislative Council.
Jogendra Kawade, Kapil Patil, Sharad Ranpise, Dr Neelam Gorhe and Jayant Patil of PWP demanded a thorough inquiry and that the Legislative Council should find the main culprit in the case and be punished.
Munde demanded that breach of privilege motion has to be moved. Hemant Takale moved the motion of breach of privilege motion against the news channel, its editor, news editor, anchor and reporter.
Ram Raje Nimbalkar forwarded the proposal to the special committee and directed it to complete the inquiry before the session adjourns this month-end and submit the report to the House.