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Panel hears contempt case against MLA

HYDERABAD: The Committee on Privileges of the Assembly on Friday took up the contempt of House case against Telugu Desam MLA Karanam Balaram for allegedly passing certain ‘objectionable’ remarks against Speaker K. R. Suresh Reddy.

Chaired by senior member Gade Venkat Reddy, the committee held a meeting in the Assembly to consider the complaint lodged by the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) against Mr. Balaram.

Eighteen out of the 20 members of the committee drawn from different political parties, who attended the meeting, were distributed newspaper clippings of the remarks reportedly made by the Addanki MLA in Ongole.

Guidelines framed

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. Venkata Reddy said the committee framed the guidelines to take up the case and would meet again on April 19 when the version of Congress members would be heard.

The Legislature Secretariat would provide the CDs containing the remarks.

TDP member S.V. Subba Reddy said that as Mr. Balaram himself was a member of the committee, the next meeting would be held without his presence. To a question, he said no person, who had committed a mistake would own up his guilt.

CPI(M) member Julakanti Ranga Reddy said that going by media reports, Mr. Balaram should not have made such remarks.

He said it was to be seen whether the issue would come under the purview of the privileges committee.

Balram’s denial

Mr. Balram denied having made any disparaging remarks against the Speaker. He accused the Congress members of distorting facts and trying to fix him to settle political scores.

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