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Supreme Court tells Raghav Chadha to tender apology to RS chairperson

By LAWSTREET NEWS NETWORK      03 November, 2023 04:39 PM      0 Comments
 Supreme Court tells Raghav Chadha to tender apology to RS chairperson

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday asked AAP MP Raghav Chadha to tender an unconditional apology to Rajya Sabha chairperson Jagdeep Dhankhar in a matter related to his indefinite suspension for naming other MPs in select committee without their consent.

The top court said the Vice-President would take sympathetic view of the matter.

A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra said Chadha will have to meet the Rajya Sabha chairperson, either in his chamber or his house, to tender an unconditional apology on the issue. The vice president, in turn, may take a compassionate view of the entire matter and take further steps in this regard.

"Last time, we have said he was tendering an apology to the chairperson, a very distinguished senior constitutional functionary, perhaps, he may take an objective view," the bench said.

The bench also pointed out he has already apologised a number of times.

"We are trying a way forward," the bench said, after noting he is the youngest and first-time member.

Chadha's counsel Shadan Farasat said he is the youngest member in the House of elders.

"He doesn't mind tendering an apology. Even in his letter to the Privilege Committee, he had sought personal apology from the chairperson," the counsel said.

However, this should be without prejudice to the legal arguments, he added.

The court asked Attorney General R Venkataramani to apprise it of the developments in the matter after the Diwali vacation.

Chadha was suspended from the Parliament's Upper House on August 11 for “gross violation of rule, misconduct, defiant attitude and contemptuous conduct".

Complaints were filed by four MPs Sasmit Patra, S Phangnon Konyak, M Thambidurai and Narhari Amin against Chadha, accusing him of including their names on a motion without their consent.

They told Dhankar, the Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman that their names were added by Chadha on a motion seeking the constitution of a select committee to study the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023.

In a writ petition, Chadha claimed the indefinite suspension beyond the Monsoon session is on the face of it "illegal, manifestly arbitrary, unconstitutional, and erosive of the rights of effective representation to the people of Punjab."
 



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