Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar has revoked the suspension of 11 opposition MPs who were held guilty of breach of privilege by the House panel.
According to a PTI report, the privilege committee reportedly recommended to the Rajya Sabha chairman that the period of suspension already suffered by the members should be treated as ‘sufficient punishment’ for the transgression.
As many as 146 MPs were suspended from both Houses of the Parliament during the chaotic winter session which saw a glaring security lapse of the new Parliament building.
The suspension of 132 MPs came to an end on December 29 when proceedings in both the houses were discontinued, given the punitive action against them was valid only for the session.
The participation of the remaining 14 MPs, including three Lok Sabha members, in the curtailed Budget session ahead of the general elections remains uncertain, on the back of the revocation.
The 11 suspended MPs from the Rajya Sabha jointly met Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar to request him to review their suspension, according to a party leader.
‘They also pointed out that the chair should have taken into consideration both the Rules for Suspension and the circumstances before suspending the MPs.’
‘As per Rule 256, the Chairman can suspend a member from the service of the Council for a period not exceeding the remainder of the session,’ the leader added, on condition of anonymity.
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