Parliament security breach: High-powered committee formed to review security, says Speaker

The letter also said that the decision of the House to suspend some members from the service of the House was not related to the breach.

BySouth First Desk

Published Dec 16, 2023 | 7:52 PMUpdatedDec 16, 2023 | 7:52 PM

Winter session: Lok Sabha chamber of the new Parliament building. (Creative Commons)

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Saturday, 16 December, informed members of the House that he has formed a “high-powered committee” to review various aspects of security in the Parliament complex and formulate an action plan to ensure that the 13 December incident is not repeated.

In a letter to Lok Sabha members, Birla also said the report of the high-level inquiry committee set up by the Union home ministry will “soon” be shared with the House.

“In addition, I have also constituted a High Powered Committee which will review various aspects of security in the Parliament Complex and formulate a concrete action plan to ensure that such incidents do not recur,” he said in the letter.

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Suspensions not linked to the security breach

The letter also said that some members linked the decision of the House to suspend some members from the service of the House to the incident which occurred on 13 December was unwarranted.

“There is no association between the suspension of Hon’ble Members and the incident which took place on 13 December 2023. The suspension of Hon’ble Members is purely to uphold the sanctity of the House. At the time of inauguration of the new building of our Parliament, we had resolved that we will refrain from bringing placards inside the House; we will not create ruckus in the well of the House,” the letter said.

Saying that the MPs were suspended since they carried placards and violated the rules of the House, he urged the members to maintain the “dignity and decorum of the House”.

The breach

On 13 December, two men — Sagar Sharma and Manoranjan D — had jumped into the Lok Sabha’s chamber from the public gallery during Zero Hour, released yellow smoke from canisters and shouted slogans, before being overpowered by the MPs.

The pamphlets that the duo carried into the Lok Sabha had the picture of a fist against the backdrop of a tricolour, a slogan in Hindi and a slogan in English on the Manipur violence issue.

Around the same time, two others — Amol Shinde and Neelam Devi — sprayed coloured gas from canisters while shouting “tanashahi nahi chalegi” (Dictatorship will not work) outside Parliament premises.

Lalit Jha, the fifth accused, allegedly circulated videos of the protest outside the complex on social media.

The Delhi police also arrested Mahesh Kumawat regarding the security breach case, who was later sent to police custody for seven days by a Delhi court.

(With PTI inputs)