Santwana Bhattacharya, Indian Express,October 28, 2006
NEW DELHI: : VHP leader Pravin Togadia’s habit of hitting the headlines with his vitriolic comments has landed him before the Privileges Committee of the Rajya Sabha on a motion moved against him in 2000. The panel had issued four summons and a stern warning of “severe action” if he failed to appear before it. It was then minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs and Personnel Suresh Pachouri who had brought the motion against Togadia in 2000 when BJP-led NDA was in power. In 2000, the VHP leader had allegedly said in public that ‘some of the members were behaving like Pakistanis in Parliament’. Sources in the committee said, “It was his refusal to respond to the summons that delayed a decision in the case. He had to be issued a warning along with the fourth summon.’’ Togadia is said to have defended himself denying that he ever made such a comment. The panel is expected to submit its report shortly. The Committee is chaired by Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman K Rahaman Khan and have 10 other members, including Congress’s RK Dhawan and BJP’s Arun Jaitley.