Delhi HC seeks AAP govt’s reply on plea against Delhi Assembly rule
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-19

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The Delhi High Court today sought the AAP government’s stand on a plea challenging validity of a Delhi Assembly rule which permits punishing a person accused of breach of privilege of the House without hearing him.

A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Najmi Waziri issued notice to the Delhi government and sought its response to the petition by one of the two persons sent to 30 days in jail by the Speaker for contempt and breach of privilege of the House.

The two men were sent to jail on June 28 by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel for throwing pamphlets and raising slogans in the House during a session.

The petitioner, Jagdeep Rana, has claimed in his plea that the two were sentenced without giving them an opportunity to be heard on the basis of Rule 75 of The Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, 1997.

Rule 75 states that “except where the breach of privilege or contempt has been committed in the view of the House, the House shall before passing any sentence give an opportunity to the person charged to be heard in explanation or exculpation of the offence against him”.

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