Team Anna member Kiran Bedi and actor Om Puri could be jailed for 15 days soon for their defamatory remarks about politicians which have irked many MPs.
Om Puri called MPs “anpadh (illiterate)” and said “sab neta chor hain (all leaders are thieves)” while Bedi’s “ghoonghat act” drew a sharp warning from leaders like JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav during Saturday’s debate on Lokpal in Lok Sabha that MPs could hit back. “No one has the authority to make fun about us in the public like this”, he said.
Notices for breach of privilege against Puri and Bedi were submitted in both Houses on Monday. If they are found guilty, they can face up to 15 days in jail.
Taking strong objection to Bedi calling politicians “illiterate”, Yadav said such statements erode the dignity of Parliament. “More than 80% members in this House are graduates and those who are not educated are also more competent than many educated ones,” he said citing examples.