Privilege Motion Initiated Recently, the Chairperson of Rajya Sabha Jaydeep Dhankar initiated the privilege motion against the complaint of 2 prominent opposition members- Derek O’Brien and Raghav Chadha, pertaining to alleged breaches of parliamentary privileges. As per the news update, notice had been issued against Derek O’Brien for publishing the clippings of his statement made in the House on his Twitter handle, despite those being removed from the record by the Chairman. On the other hand, notice had been issued against Raghav Chadha alleging an intentional and deliberate act of presenting misleading facts to the media with respect to the suspension of an Aam Aadmi Party’s MP, Sanjay Singh.
Privilege Motion in Rajya Sabha
On August 3rd, Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar referred complaints pertaining to the privilege of the House against TMC’s Derek O’Brien and AAP’s Raghav Chadha to the privileges committee on Thursday. The rules related to the Privilege Motion are that of Rule No 222 in Chapter 20 of the Lok Sabha Rule Book and Rule 187 in Chapter 16 of the Rajya Sabha Rule Book, whereas per the rulebook, any member of the House may with the consent of the Speaker or the Chairperson raise a question involving an incident that he or she considers a breach of privilege either of a member or of the House or of a committee. Under this rule, the Chairman can refer any question of privilege to the Committee of Privileges for examination and investigation. In the press realase, the Rajya Sabha secretariat said “On consideration of the facts, the Hon’ble Chairman, Rajya Sabha has referred the matter under Rule 203 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) to the Committee of Privileges for examination, investigation and report,
Privilege Motion in Parliament
When was the 1st Privilege motion initiated?
The 1st privilege motion was initiated in 1978 against Indira Gandhi who was expelled from the House.
What is Rule 203?
According to rule 203, any member of the House may with the consent of the Speaker or the Chairperson raise a question involving an incident that he or she considers a breach of privilege either of a member of the House or of a committee.