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Raghav Chadha's suspension not 'revoked' over alleged breach of privileges: Rajya Sabha Ragha Chadha
Screengrab from video tweeted by Raghav Chadha

Raghav Chadha's suspension not 'revoked' over alleged breach of privileges: Rajya Sabha

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 04 Dec 2023, 08:47 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: The Rajya Sabha on Monday said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Raghav Chadha's suspension has not been 'revoked' as the privilege committee has found him "guilty" over an alleged breach of privileges.

“There is no revocation of suspension. He has been held guilty by the committee and punished. The committee said his suspension lasted more than three months (suspended on August 11) till the date is enough punishment and therefore, he can now attend the proceedings of the House," a source told UNI.

Earlier in the morning, Raghav Chadha in a video message thanked the Supreme Court and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar and claimed his suspension was revoked.

"On 11th August, I was suspended from the Rajya Sabha. I went to the Supreme Court for the revocation of my suspension. The Supreme Court took cognizance of this and now my suspension has been revoked after 115 days," he said in a social media post.

BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao had moved the motion to allow Raghav Chadha to attend the House, who was suspended from the Upper House for alleged breach of privileges.

Chadha, the Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab, was suspended on August 11 during the Monsoon session of Parliament over the alleged breach of privilege.

The AAP leader was accused of not obtaining the consent of five Rajya Sabha MPs before including their names in a select committee for considering the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill 2023.

On a complaint by the five MPs, the case was referred to the privileges committee and Chadha was suspended till the committee submitted its final report.

A Privileges Committee meeting of the Rajya Sabha was held in Parliament on Monday to discuss the suspension matter of the AAP leader.

However, the AAP leader was allowed to attend the proceedings and even speak in the Rajya Sabha later in the day.

"Spoke in Parliament after 115 days of suspension. Got an opportunity to raise iPhone Snooping Alert issue, of which I too was a target. Demanded an investigation by a JPC. If right to privacy of an MP is being violated in such brazen ways, what hope does a common citizen have?"

[With UNI inputs]

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