Friday, March 19, 2010

Privileges Committee summons SCIC

TPURAM: The Privileges and Ethics Committee of Kerala Assembly has summoned State Chief Information Commissioner (SCIC) to be present before it on March 30 on a privilege issue, to explain his insistence for a video clip of a members speech during an assembly session.

The committee presided by V J Thankappan has summoned SCIC Palat Mohandas and also asked retired Commission member P N Vijayakumar to be present before the committee to hear his version, a member said.

The assembly had recently refused to part with a video cassette of a speech made by a member, despite an order by the State Information Commissioner.

The SIC had then sent a showcause notice to the Assembly information officer asking why an action should not be taken for not providing the video cassette of a speech by T M Jacob during the previous assembly session while participating in a non-confidence motion.

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