SC BENCH TO DE­CIDE ON PANEL RE­PORTS

The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT NEW DELHI, OCT. 12

The Supreme Court on Thurs­day took up for ad­ju­di­ca­tion whether in the ab­sence of Par­lia­ment tak­ing a de­ci­sion, the court can give a di­rec­tion to the govern­ment to act on the ba­sis of the re­port of the Par­lia­men­tary Stand­ing Com­mit­tee. A five-judge con­sti­tu­tion bench, com­pris­ing Chief Jus­tice Di­pak Misra and Jus­tices A.K. Sikri, A.M. Kan­wilkar, D.Y. Chan­drachud and Ashok Bhushan, heard pre­lim­i­nary ar­gu­ments from se­nior coun­sel Harish Salve, who was of the view that the Par­lia­men­tary Stand­ing Com­mit­tee re­ports could not form the ba­sis of ev­i­dence. He said ev­ery in­sti­tu­tion must work within its sphere and the court could not di­rect in what man­ner Par­lia­ment should func­tion or act upon a re­port. The Centre had made it clear that stand­ing re­ports are meant to be taken as an ad­vice given to Par­lia­ment and no di­rec­tion can be given to govern­ment to act on it. It was sub­mit­ted that it was for Par­lia­ment to act on the re­port, ac­cept or re­ject the same.

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