Supreme Court on Fundamental Freedom & Parliamentary Privileges
By Team Legistify / 2016-04-07
The case of the Karnataka Assembly imposing fines and imprisonment on two journalists for writing something against the Speaker when he was a legislator and against another legislator has once again revived the debate about the need for codifying privileges and giving primacy to a citizen’s right to free speech over legislative privileges.

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In our parliamentary democracy, where Parliament enjoys almost supreme powers, legislators face no threat from the government. In fact, privileges have become a tool in the hands of the ruling party. The case of the Karnataka Assembly imposing fines and imprisonment on two journalists for writing something against the Speaker when he was a legislator and against another legislator has once again revived the debate about the need for codifying privileges and giving primacy to a citizen’s right to free speech over legislative privileges.

Privileges given to Parliament Houses

Parliamentary privileges are the special right, advantage or benefit conferred on a particular person. It is a particular advantage or favour granted to one person as against another to do certain acts”.

Parliamentary privileges can be classified into two broad categories:

1. Those that are enjoyed by each House of Parliament collectively, and

The case of the Karnataka Assembly imposing fines and imprisonment on two journalists for writing something against the Speaker when he was a legislator and against another legislator has once again revived the debate about the need for codifying privileges and giving primacy to a citizen’s right to free speech over legislative privileges.

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