The Telegraph
Thursday , February 21 , 2013
Since 1st March, 1999
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Legislators have their way into House

The intensive security checks on the Assembly premises were withdrawn on Wednesday after legislators “forced” the Speaker to ease the rules of the new system.

From now, the vehicles of the legislators would be frisked with under-vehicle search mirrors but the security personnel would not check the interiors of the cars.

Stringent security was put in place both inside and outside the Bihar Legislative building after Jagdishpur MLA Dinesh Kumar Singh entered the House premises with four liquor bottles to stage an anti-liquor protest on February 18.

The security norms were relaxed after legislators, led by Leader of Opposition Abdul Bari Siddiqui, lodged a complaint with the Speaker regarding the “indecent behaviour of security men” deployed to frisk the lawmakers.

The Telegraph witnessed how the security norms were bent to make a smooth passage for the legislators’ cars.

The Jagdishpur MLA reached the Assembly gate on a motorcycle at 8.30am on Wednesday. A policeman asked him to show the toolbox of his motorcycle but Dinesh refused. He then left his bike at the entrance of the Assembly gate and walked towards the portico. Around 9.15am, he went out of the Assembly and returned with an SUV at 9.45am.

The policeman identified the MLA and asked him to open the car boot and also the doors of the SUV. To this, Dinesh said: “You have no right to check the car of an MLA. I will once again walk down to the Assembly but will not allow you to check my car.”

As soon as the Speaker entered the Assembly around 11am, the Jagdishpur MLA barged into the well of the House and banged a table to register his discontent regarding the stringent checks. Dinesh also shot a letter to the Speaker in which he mentioned that he would block the Assembly gate on Thursday if his vehicle and belongings were searched.

After the first session got over around 12.40pm, a meeting was conducted in the Speaker’s chamber.

A senior politician, who attended the meet, said: “From now, security personnel will not check the interiors of the vehicles of the legislators. There will be a routine check with under-vehicle search mirrors. It was also decided at the meeting what the legislators could carry inside the Assembly premises.”