Facebook controversy: Shashi Tharoor, Nishikant Dubey move Privilege Notice against each other


NEW DELHI: The battle between BJP and Congress within the parliamentary standing committee on info know-how over the hate-speech challenge in Fb has escalated with panel chairperson Shashi Tharoor and member Nishikant Dubey shifting breach of privilege notices in opposition to one another.

Dubey additionally gave a breach of privilege discover in opposition to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla. ET has seen the 2 letters submitted to the Speaker.

Tharoor, in a letter to Birla filed underneath Rule 222 of Guidelines of Process and Conduct of Enterprise in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, alleged breach of privilege of his place as an MP and chairman of the committee by Dubey. He termed Dubey’s remarks on social media questioning his determination to summon a gathering on the panel to debate the alleged misconduct of Fb as “disparaging”, and stated the breach has been on three counts.

Dubey had stated the chairperson doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally determine the agenda of the assembly or the individuals to be summoned, and alleged that Tharoor is championing a Congress agenda.

Tharoor maintained that the character of allegations in opposition to Fb are of a critical nature which have far-reaching implications on residents’ Proper to Info. He claimed that the choice to debate the difficulty of “safeguarding residents’ rights and prevention of misuse of social/on-line information media platforms” was finalised within the first assembly of the committee.

The three counts on which there was a breach of privilege, in accordance with Tharoor, are: “contemptuous phrases” utilized by Dubey that forged “aspersions on the intent and integrity” of the MP, “unwarranted vilification of the committee’s title”, and portray an “ignominious image” of Parliament by “indicating that its functionaries have circumvented the method that the MPs are anticipated to comply with”.

In a counter discover for breach of privilege in opposition to Tharoor and Gandhi underneath Rule 227 filed on Wednesday, Dubey has stated the previous “surpassed all limits of decency, ethics and fundamental tenets of parliamentary process” each as an MP and chairperson of the panel.

He described the Ankhi Das-Fb incident as a “private challenge of a person” with the organisation, and alleged that quickly after this case was reported within the media, “some famend political leaders began trying to find a political angle for gaining political mileage by defaming BJP”.

Referring to Gandhi’s tweet that BJP and RSS management Fb and WhatsApp in India and unfold “faux information and hatred by way of it and use it to affect the voters”, Dubey stated that is an “unsubstantiated allegation”.

That is contempt of the Home as Gandhi has no “legally tenable paperwork/papers” to again such “canards”. Spreading rumours in opposition to MPs is a breach of privilege, Dubey stated.

He said in his letter to the speaker that Tharoor had by no means consulted the committee on summoning Fb although he mentions “safeguarding residents’ rights and prevention of misuse of social/on-line information media platform” among the many subjects cleared for dialogue. As per guidelines, the committee can solely summon union authorities officers, Dubey claimed, including that for others like state authorities officers and personal entities, the speaker’s permission is required.


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