Speaker to return SC notice

Eleven MPs were expelled last month in the wake of 'cash-for-query'.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 11:51 IST

In a decision that could put Parliament and Judiciary on a collision course, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Saturday announced that he would "return" the notice from the Supreme Court.

The court has been petitioned against the recent expulsion of MPs caught on camera taking money to ask questions in Parliament.

An all-party meeting convened by him here took the view "in one voice" that he should not accept the notice or appear in person before the court, Chatterjee told reporters.

He said even VK Malhotra of BJP, which had staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha against the procedure adopted for expulsion, was of the view that the decision of the House was supreme.

Ten members of the Lok Sabha and one member of Rajya Sabha were expelled last month after an inquiry by House Committees which held them guilty of accepting money for raising questions and recommended their expulsion.

One of the expelled Lok Sabha members challenged the House decision in the Supreme Court which has referred the matter to the Constitution Bench and also issued notices to the Speaker, Government and the Attorney General on the issue.

Some of the members had approached the Delhi High Court which had also issued notices to Speaker and others.

Malhotra later said that his party wanted the apex court to give a view on the "legality and Constitutionality" of the issue. The Speaker may accept the notices and an advocate could present his views before the Court, he said.

First Published: Jan 20, 2006 16:44 IST