House Ad­mits Priv­i­lege Mo­tion Against Irani

Stricter action against Sad­hvi Prachi planned af­ter she re­fused un­con­di­tional apol­ogy

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: A sparsely at­tended meet­ing of the priv­i­leges committee of the Ra­jya Sabha on Wed­nes­day de­cided to seek ex­pla­na­tion from HRD min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani on a breach of priv­i­lege notice served by CPM leader Si­taram Yechury for her re­marks dur­ingthedis­cus­sionon­theJNUrow last month.

Yechury, who is the mem­ber of the priv­i­leges committee did not ex­cuse him­self from the pro­ceed­ings when the is­sue came up for discussion, whileBJPmem­berinthecom­mit­tee, Vinay Kati­yar, was ab­sent while the committee de­cided topro­ceed­fur­theron the notice. The meet­ing presid­ed­byRa­jyaSabha deputy chair­man PJ Kurien­wasat­tended by JD-U’s KC Tyagi, Congress’ Digvi­jaya Singh and BSP’s Ra­j­pal Saini, apart from Yechury. AIADMKandDMKMPswere­ab­sent be­cause of their pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with elec­tions in Tamil Nadu. There are two va­can­cies in the committee.

The de­ci­sion for mally sets in Yechury’s mo­tion for breach of priv­i­lege, wherein he has al­leged that he re­ceived threat calls and hate mails be­cause the HRD min­is­ter at­trib­uted some re­marks on God­dess Durga which he said he never made. The in­ci­dents hap­pened dur­ing the heated de­bateintheRa­jyaSab­ha­last­month, fol­low­ing the JNU row.

The committee’s de­ci­sion seek­ing ex­pla­na­tion from HRD min­is­ter to sub­stan­ti­ate her at­tri­bu­tion to Yechury’s al­leged re­marks is a nat­u­ral pro­ce­dure. “De­ci­sion to seek her ver­sion on the ba­sis of com­plaint has been­taken.She­hasyet­not­been­sum­moned,” a par­lia­men­tary source clar­i­fied.

Ac­cord­ingly, the po­lice too will in­ves­ti­gatein­to­thethreat­call­sand­hate

Priv­i­leges Committee meet­ing was at­tended only by op­po­si­tion mem­bers

mails to ver­ify Yechury’s claims. The com­mit­teeis­like­ly­todi­rect­the­home min­istry to ex­tend se­cu­rity cover to Yechury to ward off dan­gers.

In an­other case, the priv­i­lege committee sought to pro­ceed more sternly against VHP leader Sad­hvi Prachi for her re­fusal to of­fer un­con­di­tional apol­ogy for her dis­parag­ing re­marks against MPs. She is be­lieved to have of­fered con­di­tional apol­ogy for hav­ing pub­licly al­leged that there are few ter­ror­ist MPs in Par­lia­ment.

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