Hansdah attends LS after HC permission

Bhubaneswar: Chit fund scam accused and suspended BJD MP Ramchandra Hansdah today attended the Lok Sabha proceedings after the Orissa High Court allowed the parliamentarian to attend the ongoing budget session of the Lower House for a day.

A two-member team of the Central probe agency had taken Hansdah, who represents Mayurbhanj constituency, under custody and left for Delhi yesterday. Hearing the plea of Hansdah, the High Court had said that the MP can attend Parliament session for a day even while remaining under CBI custody.

Hansdah after attending the session said, “It’s not big matter to attend the session for a day. I am representing 20 lakh people and have foremost duty is to raise their issues in the Parliament.”

In its ruling, the court had clarified that the jail authorities will hand him over to the CBI by 23rd of this month and the apex investigating agency will take charge of deposing the MP before the designated CBI court in Bhubaneswar.

Earlier, in his bail plea, Hansdah had requested the court for permission to attend Parliament at least for one day. As per the constitutional norms, if any MP fails to attend the proceedings for consecutive 60 working days, it could lead to disqualification of his membership of the House he belongs to.