HRD MINISTER IN THE DOCK
Congress may move the breach of privilege motion against the HRD minister on Monday, coinciding with the budget
WHAT DOES PRIVILEGE MOTION MEAN?
Notice against a parliamentarian or private citizen for misleading or defaming the House and/or its members. Includes statements made outside Parliament
WHAT TO EXPECT ON MONDAY
Congress will serve breach of privilege notice against Irani to Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari
Ansari has two options — reject the petition or send it to House privilege committee, headed by Congress’s PJ Kurien
Privilege panel will hear both sides, witnesses and submit a report to the Rajya Sabha
It may recommend punishment ranging from censure to expulsion
Ansari will then seek a motion against Irani in the upper House where BJP is outnumbered
If the motion is passed, Irani will be punished accordingly
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Congress leader Indira Gandhi was expelled after LS passed a privilege motion against her in 1977.