Four days after the Supreme Court stayed the Uttar Pradesh assembly’s proceedings against some staff members of TV Today Network for breach of privilege in connection with a sting operation related to minister Azam Khan aired by the network’s channels on Muzaffarnagar riots, the House on Tuesday passed a proposal to submit a plea before the court to reconsider and make its order ineffective.
The proposal states that a request should be made before the SC to reconsider its order and revise, change and make it ineffective so that proceedings of the House are not affected. Further proceedings can be executed to follow up on recommendation made by the inquiry committee only in such an eventuality, the House has proposed.
It also stated that the Assembly has not taken any final decision on the inquiry committee’s recommendations. The panel, among others, has directed the TV Today Network staffers found guilty to appear before the House and put their point across. In these conditions, the proposal says, “staying the proceedings of the House is not appearing as per law”.
The proposal also says that the House holds exclusive jurisdiction to execute proceedings of Assembly as per Constitution. It says the House respects the SC but the court’s March 4 order related to a stay on House proceedings does not seem appropriate as per the Constitution. The House cannot be deprived of its constitutional freedom of executing its proceedings.