Published On: Fri, Nov 3rd, 2023

SC asks suspended MP Raghav Chadha to tender unconditional apology to RS Chairperson

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha to meet Rajya Sabha Chairperson Jagdeep Dhankhar and tender an unconditional apology in view of his suspension from the House.

He was suspended till the Privilege Committee submitted its findings

A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra hoped that the Chairperson would take a “sympathetic” view of the matter.

The bench recorded the statements of Chadha’s lawyer that the MP has no intention to affect the dignity of the House of which he is a member and he will seek an appointment with the Rajya Sabha Chairperson so that he may place an unconditional apology.

Chadha was suspended for not obtaining the consent of five Rajya Sabha members before proposing their names for a Select Committee. The bench asked the Attorney General for India R Venkataramani and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to apprise it of the developments in the matter after the Diwali vacation.

Chadha’s counsel told the bench that he is the youngest member of the House and he had no problem in tendering the apology. “It has been submitted that Raghav Chadha is the youngest member of the august House. Bearing in mind that he had no intention to attack the dignity of the House, it is assured that Raghav Chadha shall meet the Chairperson and tender an unconditional apology which shall be considered sympathetically in the background of facts and circumstances of the House,” said the bench in its order.

Earlier this week, the apex court expressed concern over the indefinite suspension of Member of Parliament Chadha and its impact on the right of the people to be represented while calling the exclusion of a member of the political opposition from the house a “serious matter”.

It also questioned whether the Privileges Committee could issue such an order to indefinitely suspend an MP and said exclusion of a member of the political opposition from the House was a serious matter.

The bench had remarked, “Such kind of indefinite suspension will have ramifications on the people whose constituency is going unrepresented? Where is the power of the privilege committee to indefinitely suspend the member?”

Chadha moved the top court challenging his indefinite suspension from Rajya Sabha. Chadha was suspended from the Upper House on August 11 for “breach of privilege” during the Monsoon Session after complaints.

The MP was accused of not obtaining the consent of five Rajya Sabha MPs before including their name in a select committee. He was suspended till the Privilege Committee submitted its findings on the allegation against him for forging the signatures of five MPs in a motion related to the Delhi Services Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

Chadha has called the suspension patently illegal and without the authority of law. His suspension followed a motion moved by Leader of the House Piyush Goyal who sought action against the AAP leader for including names of some members of the Upper House without their consent in a proposed select committee for the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023.

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