To avoid a direct confrontation between legislature and judiciary in Rajasthan, speaker Sumitra Singh has sought an advice from Lok sabha speaker Som Nath Chaterjee who has asked her to send the text of the speeches of the MLAs to him which had provoked the high court to issue the notices to them.
On a petition filed by a local advocate ,Anil Gupta , the high court had asked four MLAs on April 4 to explain their conduct of using the derogatory remarks against the judiciary.
Speaker Singh told HT today that she talked to lok sabha speaker on phone about this sensitive issue which needed to be tackled with caution .
She said “Chaterjee told me that he was in Calcutta and he would give his opinion after reading the text of the speeches of the MLAs and contents of the notices issued to them by the high court.”
“ a special messenger will be sent to Delhi tomorrow who will carry the verbatim text of the speeches of the MLAs who belong to Congress and BJP,” she said.
Speaker disclosed that all party meeting had earlier decided to ask the MLAs not to accept the high court notices .whatever was spoken in the house by the members enjoyed the immunity from the courts under the article 194 of the Indian constitution.”
It may be recalled that Raje government was on the collusion path with the state judiciary over the appointment of an senior IAS officer as the head of the law department, a post which belongs to an officer from the judicial cadre.
High court felt offended and withdrew six judicial officials who were on deputation with various government’s departments.
The matter got resolved when the government withdrew the illogical order. chief minister Vasundhara Raje and law minister Ghanshayam Tiwari had to meet chief justice high court SN Jha to clarify their stand .