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'Courts can't question expulsion of MPs'

MPs secretly taped accepting bribes for asking questions had moved court against the decision to throw them out.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 21:10 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has said that the Parliament's decision to expel an MP on the basis of his being corrupt or any other similar reason cannot be questioned by a court.

"I have decided that the Lok Sabha secretariat would not accept any such notice as the issue is non-justiciable in my view," Chatterjee said in the Lok Sabha.

Some of the 11 MPs, who were expelled from both the houses after being secretly filmed accepting bribes for raising questions in the house, have mounted a legal challenge against the decision to throw them out.

Acting on the petitions, the courts had issued notices to the Government and the Lok Sabha Speaker.

Chatterjee, himself a lawyer, said that his decision of not responding to the High Court and the Supreme Court notices over the issue had earlier been endorsed at a meeting of all political parties as well as in a meeting of presiding officers of assemblies across the country.

First Published: Feb 17, 2006 21:10 IST