Aaam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Bhagwant Mann, who was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Sangrur constituency of Punjab, has been barred by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan from entering the premises of the Laower House of Parliament till a decision is reached on how he was to be penalised for uploading a video on Facebook showing sensitive security arrangements of Parliament.
Thursday's incident has landed Mann in all sorts of trouble, including the registration of a complaint against him in this regard with the Parliament Street Police Station, and demands raised for his immediate arrest on charges that compromised the security of the Parliament premises.
Mann has since apologised several times for this transgression. He said on Monday he had no intention of doing anything that would jeopardise the security of lawmakers and others working at the Parliament premises. "I just wanted to make an educational video," he said.
This is not the first time Mann, one of the four AAP MPs who managed to get into the Lok Sabha from Punjab, has been caught on the wrong foot. Quite recently, one of his party colleagues even alleged he reeks of alcohol when he comes to the House. He was once even asked to leave an event organised to commemorate two Punjabi youths killed in police firing because he arrived at the venue in inebriated.
Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha Speaker has also formed a nine-member committee to probe the incident of videographing in Parliament by Mann and submit a report on it. The first meeting of this committee is expected to take place at 5 p.m. on Monday.