The West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) on Wednesday issued summons to Trinamool Congress MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar in connection with her remarks about the woman who was allegedly raped in a moving car in the Park Street area in February 2012.

“The WBHRC has asked the Trinamool Congress MP to appear before the Commission on March 12 and explain herself. The Commission is offering her a chance to defend herself,” Sujay Kumar Haldar, joint secretary of the WBHRC told The Hindu .

Speaking to a TV channel in December 2012, Ms Dastidar had referred to the alleged rape as a “misunderstanding” between “a woman and her clients”.

According to the officials, the Commission will play the footage of the channel before the MP and seek her response to it. An approval has also been obtained from the office of the Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to summon the MP.

While Ms. Dastidar’s comments had evoked strong reactions from different quarters including the victim, the WBHRC had sought a report from the Police Commissioner.

The Commission had also urged the city police to speed up investigations in the case and sought the television footage showing the MP making the remark.

The rape of the mother of two in the early hours of February 6, 2012, had not only raised questions about safety of women in the city but Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s comments after the incident that it was “staged” to malign her government had created a major controversy.

Charges against three accused in the case were framed by a city court earlier this month while two persons, including the main accused, are still absconding.