On the day when Republic TV learnt that Twitter India will not appear before the IT parliamentary committee despite summons, BJP MP Anurag Thakur, who is the head of the committee, has stated that the social media company's response hasn't gone down well with the members and serious action may well be taken against them.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, the chief of IT Parliamentary committee said that Twitter India's actions could amount to 'breach of parliamentary privilege'.
"Of course it can be an issue of breach of Parliamentary privilege. They're taking advantage of the world's biggest market & are unwilling to answer," he added.
The BJP MP was then informed about the details involving Twitter declining to appear before the parliamentary committee, for which he said the committee will look into the matter.
"At this stage, the reply of Twitter has been taken seriously by the committee, and we will take a serious note of it. It is a very serious subject, and the kind of reply they have given will be discussed in the parliamentary committee, and we will take further action on that," was Anurag Thakur's response.
The BJP's chief whip in Lok Sabha. though, shied away from responding on the allegations on Twitter that it was promoting one kind of ideology.
"I am not going into the merits of the case. At this stage, we are just discussing about response of Twitter, which has not gone well with the members. And we will discuss that in the committee," he added.
Initially, Twitter India was summoned by the Parliamentary committee of IT on February 7, which was later rescheduled to February 11 in order to give Twitter CEO and top officials in India more time to appear.
But on Friday, Republic TV accessed details which suggested that the company has declined to appear before the committee.
Two days prior to the scoop, Twitter's global lead for Legal, Policy, Trust & Safety had told sources that "No one who engages publicly for Twitter India makes enforcement decisions with respect to our rules for content or accounts in India."