No Priv­i­lege No­tice Against HRD Min: Kurien

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New Delhi: The is­sue of a Priv­i­lege No­tice given by Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber Si­taram Yechury raised a storm in Par­lia­ment House on Thurs­day with Deputy Chair­per­son P J Kurien say­ing there is no pe­ti­tion against HRD Min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani in the mat­ter and the is­sue only per­tains to threat calls made to the CPM leader for his ut­ter­ances in the Up­per House in re­sponse to some com­ments pur­port­edly made by her.

In a press in­ter­ac­tion, Kurien said, “some­body had wrongly briefed the me­dia” and added that the Ra­jya Sabha Priv­i­leges Com­mit­tee did not for­mal­ly­mee­tonWed­nes­dayand­nei­ther did it is­sue a no­tice to Irani. As Deputy Chair­per­son of the Up­per House, Kurien heads this com­mit­tee.

“First, the Priv­i­leges Com­mit­tee did not meet yes­ter­day. Sec­ond, no such de­ci­sion of ask­ing any ex­pla­na­tion against HRD Min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani was taken. Thirdly, there is no no­tice for Priv­i­lege mo­tion against her,” Kurien said. Kurien fur­ther said that some mem­bers of the Ra­jya Sabha Priv­i­lege Com­mit­tee held an “in­for­mal dis­cus­sion” and heard the de­po­si­tion of Sad­hvi Prachi, who ap­peared as a wit­ness in a case against her. As per the rules, no quo­rum is re­quired for this process and the Priv­i­lege Com­mit­tee chair­per­son alone, or in the pres­ence of some mem­bers of the com­mit­tee or in the pres­ence of the whole com­mit­tee, can ex­am­ine a wit­ness.

“There was some in­for­mal dis­cus­sion. We did not meet as a com­mit­tee. What was in­for­mally said was briefed to the me­dia as a de­ci­sion. If I say some­thing it is not the (view of) the com­mit­tee or if a mem­ber says some­thing it is not the (view of) the com­mit­tee,” he said.

Asked about the no­tice given by Yechury, Kurien said, “Yechury has said out­side (Par­lia­ment) that there were­somethreat­en­ing­call­sto­hi­mon the­ba­sisof whathe­saidintheHouse. For an MP, there is a Con­sti­tu­tional pro­tec­tion for what he says in the House. On that ba­sis if a per­son is threat­ene­dor­chal­lengedthati­samat­ter of priv­i­lege. So, Yechury has given a priv­i­lege no­tice on that. We will con­sider that as per law.”

He un­der­lined that there is “no priv­ile ge pe­ti­tion or mo­tion” with the Priv­ile ge Com­mit­tee against Irani. Cor­ri­gen­dum: The head­line “House ad­mits Priv­i­lege Mo­tion against Irani” in yes­ter­day’s edi­tion of ET was mis­lead­ing. We re­gret the er­ror.

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