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Rajya Sabha Privileges Committee to meet on Nov 3 for pending case review

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According to sources, the Rajya Sabha’s Privileges Committee will convene on November 3 to examine all pending cases, aiming to ensure prompt processing and the completion of reports.

The committee said that the meeting will review all pending cases so as “to secure expeditious processing and finalization of its report” in breach of privilege cases for consideration of its recommendations by the Council of States.

The Rajya Sabha takes the recommendations of the Privileges Committee into account. Sources indicate that the committee is currently handling cases involving AAP MPs Raghav Chadha and Sanjay Singh, as well as TMC’s Derek O’Brien.

They emphasized that the forthcoming committee meeting carries importance in light of the recent remarks made by the Supreme Court regarding Raghav Chadha’s case. In a recent development, the Supreme Court expressed apprehension about the prolonged suspension of Raghav Chadha and its implications on people’s representation rights, describing the exclusion of an opposition member from the house as a ‘serious matter’.

A panel including Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra raised doubts about the Privileges Committee’s authority to enforce an indefinite suspension of a Member of Parliament.

The bench remarked, “Such kind of indefinite suspension will have ramifications for the people whose constituency is going unrepresented? Where is the power of the privilege committee to indefinitely suspend the member?”
The bench said the exclusion of a member of the political opposition from the House was a serious matter.

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