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PM Modi welcomes SC verdict overturning immunity of lawmakers facing bribery charges
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PM Modi welcomes SC verdict overturning immunity of lawmakers facing bribery charges

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 04 Mar 2024, 02:08 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed the Supreme Court verdict which ruled MPs and MLAs facing bribery charges are not immune from prosecution.

The Prime Minister posted on X, "SWAGATAM! (Welcome). A great judgment by the Hon’ble Supreme Court which will ensure clean politics and deepen people’s faith in the system."

A seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court said MPs and MLAs are liable to be prosecuted under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

"An MP/MLA can't claim immunity from prosecution on a charge of bribery in connection with the vote or speech in the legislative house," the bench said as quoted by Hindustan Times.

"To give any privilege unconnected to the functioning of Parliament or legislature will lead to creating a class that enjoys unchecked exemptions from the operation of law of the land," it added.

In 1998, a five-judge Constitution bench had ruled in the PV Narasimha Rao-CBI case that MPs and MLAs were immune under the Constitution for any speech he/she made or cast vote in the House.

More than two decades later, the matter was raised in the Supreme Court after then JMM chief Sibu Soren's daughter-in-law Sita Soren had questioned her prosecution in a bribery case during the 2012 Rajya Sabha elections.

In March, 2019, the Supreme Court had ordered the constitution of a larger bench to rule whether MPs and MLAs facing bribery charges are immune from prosecution or not.

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