Trouble for Smriti Irani as Rajya Sabha chairman admits privilege motion against her


Rajya Sabha Chairman on Tuesday admitted and sent the CPIM general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s privilege motion against Smriti Irani to Committee of Privileges on JNU.

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Both the Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist had moved a privilege motion against Union Human Resource Development Minister in February during the Budget session of the parliament.

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“The family (of Rohith) also said police as well as the doctor were present there. The doctor contradicted her (the minister), the police contradicted her and his mother contradicted her. So, obviously, there will be a privilege motion. Everything is recorded on both sides. So this is a fit case for privilege (motion).”

Now that the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha has admitted the privilege motion against Irani, it entitles the House committee to summon and question her and recommend action.

However, experiences of the past practices show that in a large percentage of cases the privilege motions are kept pending or are withdrawn following an apology from the accused.

The most notable case, according to rediff news, in this context was against former prime minister Indira Gandhi 38 years ago when the then home minister Charan Singh had moved a resolution of breach of privilege against her following observations made by the Justice Shah Commission which probed excesses during the Emergency.

Indira Gandhi, who had just won Lok Sabha seat from Chikmagalur, was expelled from the House.

The HRD minister has been accused of indulging in “false, fabricated, misleading and unauthenticated statements” during her intervention on the debate on the situation in JNU and Hyderabad Central University.