A parliamentary panel will examine the possibility of initiating ‘privilege’ proceedings against right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Sadhvi Prachi for her “derogatory comments” of August 6 against members of Parliament.
Lashing out at sections of MPs for their protests against the hanging verdict of 1993 Mumbai-blasts accused Yakub Memon at Roorkee in Uttar Pradesh; the controversial Sadhvi had reportedly said that “it was a big misfortune that one or two terrorists were sitting inside parliament”.
“When the court has already proved so, those supporting the terrorists are terrorists themselves, I believe”, Sadhvi had said.
Following complaints by a group of 20 MPs that include Ghulam Nabi Azad and Sitaram Yechury, Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari has referred the matter to the committee of privileges for examination last Thursday, says a bulletin of the Upper House.
The matter has been referred to the committee under rule 203 of the Rules of procedure and Conduct of Business in the Rajya Sabha for examination, investigation and report, the release says.
The Sadhvi – who had contested the 2012 assembly elections from Uttar Pradesh’s Purkazi constituency – has been known for her provocative statements including her call to boycott films of the “Khans” of Bollywood and her advice to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to marry a “Hindu girl”.
As regards her tirade against lawmakers, the MPs said in their August 7 complaint that Prachi had “violated the dignity of Parliament” and “privilege of MPs”, seeking breach of privilege proceedings against her.
Complainants included TRS member K Keshav Rao, Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Ambika Soni, CPI’s D Raja, Samajwadi Party member Neeraj Shekhar and JD(U) member KC Tyagi, among others.
“Rejecting” Prachi’s earlier explanation sent to the Rajya Sabha secretariat, JD(U) leader KC Tyagi registered a fresh complaint to the chairman on September l1, accusing the VHP leader of trying to “hide behind” the argument that her comments were in defense of the verdict of the Supreme Court and the decision of the President of India.
“Under what laws can Sadhvi Prachi abrogate to herself the right to defend these sacrosanct institutions”, Tyagi asked.