Team Anna rallies behind Kiran Bedi on privilege issue

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Kiran Bedi and Anna Hazare
New Delhi, Aug 31: Team Anna Hazare on Wednesday rallied behind its key member Kiran Bedi who is facing a breach of privilege notice in Parliament for her controversial remarks against MPs, warning such move will be perceived by people as lawmakers' way to seek revenge on them.

Arvind Kejriwal, a key Team Anna member, said the entire team is "solidly" behind Bedi.

"She will respond to the notice as and when the notice is received. The notice has not been received so far. It does not constitute breach of privilege of Parliament. You may like it or not, that's a different thing but it does not constitute breach of privilege of Parliament," he said.

Prashant Bhushan, Lawyer and another Team Anna member, said the move to serve a notice to Bedi was "unfortunate as she had not said anything which could be termed as breach of privilege".

"He claimed there was a talk othat he and another member Arvind Kejriwal will also get privilege notices. "

"We too have not said any such thing."

"And if this is done, it is clear...people will think that perhaps MPs are thinking that our fight is against MPs as we talk about their corruption. People will think it is a way for MPs to seek revenge," Bhushan told reporters.

Bedi, a former IPS officer, had yesterday said she was not going to apologise and was prepared for any punishment.

"Sorry no apology for being demonstratively a voice of public anguish. Prepared for any punishment," she said.

In contrast to Bedi's stand, actor Om Puri, who is also facing breach of privilege notice, apologised for using derogatory remarks to deride the political class.

PTI

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