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Privilege Motion

  • 05 Jul 2019
  • 2 min read

Recently, a member of the Indian parliament has moved a privilege motion against a TV channel.

  • The breach of privilege motion is moved against a private Hindi news channel and its Editor for reporting that members' first speech in the Lok Sabha was plagiarised.
    • Plagiarism is a practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.
  • Parliamentary privileges are certain rights and immunities enjoyed by members of Parliament, individually and collectively, so that they can effectively discharge their functions.
  • The Constitution (Article 105) mentions two privileges,i.e. freedom of speech in Parliament and right of publication of its proceedings.
  • Rule No 222 in Chapter 20 of the Lok Sabha Rule Book and correspondingly Rule 187 in Chapter 16 of the Rajya Sabha rulebook governs privilege.
  • The Speaker of Loksabha and Rajya Sabha Chairperson is the first level of scrutiny of a privilege motion.
    • The Speaker/Chairperson can decide on the privilege motion himself or herself or refer it to the privileges committee of Parliament.
    • If the Speaker/Chairperson gives consent under respective rules, the member concerned is given an opportunity to make a short statement.

Privilege Committee

  • Lok Sabha: The Speaker nominates a committee of privileges consisting of 15 members as per respective party strengths.
  • Rajya Sabha: The deputy chairperson heads the committee of privileges, that consists of 10 members.
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