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Odisha MLA suspended for watching porn in house

Odisha MLA suspendedCongress MLA Naba Kishore Das was suspended from the Odisha Assembly for a week on charge of watching objectionable clips on his cellphone in the House on Monday, even as the entire opposition staged a walkout urging the Speaker to reconsider his order and wait for probe.

Speaker Niranjan Pujari, who first referred the matter to the Ethics Committee of the House for inquiry, ordered suspension of Das for one week after Government Chief Whip Ananta Das brought a motion, which was passed by voice vote.

Raising the issue during Zero hour, BJD member Pramila Mallick demanded expulsion of Das from the House. She said the alleged action of the Congress legislator yesterday had lowered the dignity of the House.

As soon as the Speaker gave the ruling for the suspension of Das, pandemonium began amid protest from Congress members and the House was adjourned till 12 noon.

When the House reassembled, Leader of Opposition of Congress Narasingha Mishra said that before taking any action against a member on the basis of allegation levelled by another lawmaker, there must be an inquiry and the accused legislator must be given an opportunity to present his position.

Action should be taken only after the member is found guilty after proper inquiry and not before that, Mishra said, adding that he, in fact, had asked the party MLA to express regret and seek an impartial probe into the matter.

Recalling an old ruling by the chair in the House on March 15, 1963, he said a member had made serious allegation against another MLA. The ruling was that any member levelling allegation against another should have enough evidence and the House must be in possession of evidence before action is taken, the leader of opposition said adding “I disapprove of any act of making allegation without having evidence.”

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