RS panel ends Raghav suspension through a motion after 115 days

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RS panel ends Raghav suspension through a motion after 115 days

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

AAP MP Raghav Chadha was on Monday held guilty of presenting misleading facts to the media by the Privileges Committee of Rajya Sabha and was allowed to attend the House proceedings after his suspension was ended through a motion after 115 days.

Chadha was also held guilty by the RS Committee of adding names of members in the proposed select panel without their consent. A motion to end his suspension was moved in the house by BJP member GVL Narasimha Rao, which was adopted by a voice vote, that said his suspension so far is “sufficient punishment” for him.

After the revocation of the suspension, Chadha arrived at the Parliament and tweeted, ‘Today, in the parliamentary premises, I paid my respects to Mahatma Gandhi. Bapu Ji’s life teaches us that no matter how tough the challenge, truth always triumphs.’

The Rajya Sabha MP stated that on August 11, 2023, he was suspended from the Parliament. He had to knock on the doors of the Supreme Court to revoke his suspension, and after the court’s intervention, his suspension was lifted.  Chadha expressed gratitude to the Supreme Court and the people of the country for this.

Ahead of the motion, Rajya Sabha chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar said, “the committee after deep and thoughtful consideration finds Raghav Chadha finds guilty of both the charges.” “Charge 1: that he intentionally and deliberately presented misleading facts to the media, misinterpreted proceedings of the Council resulting in affront to the authority of the Chairman, Rajya Sabha and engaged in outrageous defiance of the resolutions of the House and directives of the Chairman, Rajya Sabha,” the chairman said while reading out the panel report.

“Charge 2: For including the names of Members in proposed Select Committee without their consent in blatant transgression of rule 72 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Council of States (Rajya Sabha),” the chairman also announced.

Dhankhar said, “As regards the sentence, ‘the Committee finds the suspension suffered by him since 11th August, 2023 from the House thus far as sufficient sentence that will meet the ends of justice’.”

“The Committee stands committed to upholding the sanctity of parliamentary proceedings and safeguarding the integrity of the institution. The Committee expresses hope that Shri Raghav Chadha, Member will reflect and introspect.

 “The Committee expects Shri Raghav Chadha to uphold the expected standards of conduct and decorum befitting a Member of Parliament,” the Chairman said.

 Earlier, Elamaram Kareem, a member of the panel, presented the report of the Privileges Committee of the Rajya Sabha in the House.  Later, GVL Narasimha Rao, who is also a member of the RS privileges panel, moved the motion under Proviso to Rule 256 (2) of the Rules of Procedure for Conduct of Business in the Council of States (Rajya Sabha).

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