[Reader-list] Power of the Pen: Thinking within cliches but out of the box

Albert Krishna Ali aka at zestgroups.net
Thu Dec 15 17:01:21 IST 2005

Reward for sting operation on MPs: A pen
Wednesday December 14 2005 00:00 IST


Aniruddha Bahal, editor of an Internet portal whose sting operation
exposed MPs seeking cash to ask questions in parliament, was on
Tuesday gifted a pen by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.

Official sources told IANS that Bahal called on Chatterjee, who
presented the pen to the investigative journalist. Details of the
meeting were not available.

Besides the Lok Sabha secretariat seeking explanations from the 10 MPs
named in the sting operation, Chatterjee has asked the members caught
on camera not to attend proceedi! ngs till the matter was looked into
by an official committee.

Chatterjee also announced that the five-member committee would submit
its report by Dec 21. Its members include Pawan Kumar Bansal
(Congress), V.K. Malhotra (Bharatiya Janata Party), Ram Gopal Yadav
(Samajwadi Party), C. Kuppuswami (DMK) and Mohammed Saleem (Communist
Party of India-Marxist).

Besides the 10 Lok Sabha MPs, the sting operation also named a Rajya
Sabha member.
The investigation carried out by Cobrapost and Aaj Tak TV channel was
spread over eight months.

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