Parliament monsoon session Updates: Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed The Family Courts (Amendment) Bill that seeks to to grant statutory cover to family courts set up in Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland. The Upper House was adjourned till tomorrow after passing the bill. As the Opposition demanded a discussion over the ‘misuse’ of central agencies, Union Minister Kiren Rijuju had moved the bill for discussion in the Rajya Sabha.
Meanwhile, Congress MP Jairam Ramesh, who tried to raise a point of order in the Rajya Sabha but was denied by the Deputy Chairman, stated that the government was raising “points of disorder” outside Parliament. The Opposition has been demanding a discussion over the “misuse” of central agencies by the government, in light of the ED’s searches of the National Herald offices.
Amid the debate over the appropriateness of raising points of order, TMC MP Derek O Brien said that subject to the Constitution and the rules of the Parliament, every member has the freedom of expression. To this, Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav responded, “The members have freedom of speech. The Constitution doesn’t give freedom of hungama (chaos)”. Earlier, Congress MP and the Leader of Opposition in the Upper House, Mallikarjun Kharge, and Union Minister Piyush Goyal exchanged barbs over the ED’s probe into the National Herald Case.