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O P Sharma faces inquiry for using ‘objectionable language’ against Alka Lamba

Sharma said he had been appearing before the ethics committee... “I go before the committee. They don’t know the rules. They ask me whatever they want to ask,” said the BJP MLA

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Suspended for the winter session of the Delhi Assembly, BJP MLA O P Sharma is currently facing an inquiry initiated by the nine-member ethics committee of the Assembly that is examining a complaint against Sharma for using ‘objectionable language’ against AAP MLA Alka Lamba.

However, the committee sitting in judgment consists of nine AAP MLAs, including Bhavna Gaur, who protested in the assembly Well demanding action against Sharma for allegedly disrespecting Lamba. It also has Amanatullah Khan, who had a showdown with Sharma after the former allegedly used derogatory language against him.

Last week, AAP MLAs shouted slogans and protested in the well of the Assembly seeking Sharma’s arrest and suspension for the entire winter session for using inappropriate language against Lamba. Women MLAs, including Gaur, protested outside the speaker’s chamber as well as inside the Assembly Well, demanding strict action against Sharma and handing over of the matter to the ethics committee of the House. Protests and agitations over Sharma’s alleged misconduct overshadowed the discussion in the House for days.
Sharma said he had been appearing before the ethics committee since the Speaker asked the proceedings in the complaint made by Lamba to be expedited.

“I go before the committee. They don’t know the rules. They ask me whatever they want to ask,” said Sharma.

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AAP MLAs in the committee include its chairman Narayan Dutt Sharma, Raghuvinder Shokeen, Gaur, S K Bagga, Raju Dhingan, Dinesh Mohaniya, Khan, Fateh Singh and Saurabh Bharadwaj.

Narayan Dutt Sharma said, “Even if the committee includes Gaur and Khan, the decision is not taken by them alone. The decision is taken with the consensus of all the members of the committee. We will give Sharma ample opportunity to put his side forward. We will give him access to recordings and he is free to produce any evidence to support his case. The committee is not formed by members of a party. We are all members of the Assembly and we will hold an impartial inquiry.”

According to rules of procedure and conduct of business in the assembly, punishment for breach of code of conduct by MLAs include admonition, reprimand, censure, withdrawal from the House, suspension from the services of the House for a specific period and any other penal action considered appropriate by the House.

First published on: 03-12-2015 at 03:26:13 am
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