PDP's Beigh May Be Asked To Apologise In J-K Assembly

4 August 2009
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Even as the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker is set to proceed on the privilege motion against PDP MLA Muzaffar Beigh, sources say he may be asked to apologise before the House for his remarks against Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in the House. While Omar himself struck a conciliatory note after resuming his job last Friday, saying he was ready to leave the allegations behind and work together with the Opposition, the National Conference is not planning to withdraw their privilege motion. 'The motion will be sent to the seven-member House privilege committee on Wednesday or Thursday,' Speaker Mohammad Akber Lone told The Indian Express 'The committee will hear the 12 MLAs who moved the privilege motion, as well as Beigh. The decision will be put before the Legislative Assembly for vote later. ' Sources say that another option the Speaker has before him is to suspend Beigh for the rest of the Budget session. The PDP leader's worry does not end with the privilege motion alone, with Lone also planning to initiate proceedings against him for contempt of the House. The 12 legislators who moved the privilege motion against Beigh include Abdul Rahim Rather, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mubarak Gul, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Taj Mohiuddin, G M Saroori, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi, Raman Bhalla, T Namgyal, Feroz Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Yaseen and Nasir Aslam Wani. They charged the PDP leader with levelling allegations against Omar in violation of proper procedures and set business rules.