NEW DELHI : The Home Ministry has faulted a Lok Sabha Speaker-appointed committee focusing only on an isolated instance of the security breach by AAP MP Bhagwant Mann instead of a comprehensive examination of a report gathering dust for last 20 months highlighting serious gaps in securing the Parliament complex.
The special committee formed to review the security arrangements found the system to screen visitors entering the complex failed to work occasionally while some gets were found dysfunctional. As many as 90 of the 450 CCTVs were found not functioning. These problems still persist and several issues concerning the security have not been fixed.
The BJP MPs, joined by others in both the Houses of Parliament, forced the Speaker to institute a probe against Mann for his inept act, suspending him until the committee gives its report this Wednesday. BJP MP R K Singh was in the forefront expressing concern over Mann putting security of Parliament and the Parliamentarians at risk, but he too did not seek any action on the report of the special committee he had headed as then Home Secretary. Nor did another BJP MP and former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh spoke about the committee despite being one of its members.
Asked why the recommendations were not implemented and why he did not raise the issue, Singh wriggled out, saying he won’t comment because it concerns a very sensitive mater. Some recommendations have been implemented while others are yet to be implemented. I cannot disclose the details as it concerns the security of Parliament,” he said.