Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Raghav Chadha has been suspended from the Rajya Sabha over allegations of forging the signature of four MP’s leading to a breach of privilege.
The decision to suspend Chadha was made through a resolution introduced by Piyush Goyal, the leader of the house. The suspension will remain in effect until the privileges committee concludes its investigation into the breach of privilege claims. Goyal strongly criticised Chadha’s conduct, labelling it as “unethical” and an “outrageous disregard of the rules.”
The complaint against Chadha was filed by MPs Sasmit Patra, S Phangnon Konyak, M Thambidurai, and Narhari Amin. They alleged that Chadha included their names and forging signatures without their approval while moving a motion on August 7. The government contends that a solid case has been built, as all four MPs have expressed distress over the situation and are seeking justice through the chair.
Chadha’s proposed motion involved the formation of a Select Committee to consider the ‘Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023.’ He included the names of the four complaining MPs in the motion. This move triggered the allegations of breach of privilege.
The suspension of another AAP MP, Sanjay Singh, was also extended until the privilege committee resolves complaints against him. Singh had displayed defiance by not leaving the chamber, disrupting the functioning of the house. Goyal noted Singh’s remorseful behaviour and stated that he kept justifying his actions.
Chadha, in his defence, denied the charges and accused the ruling party of targeting him due to his confrontation with its prominent leaders. He challenged BJP leaders to provide evidence of any forged signatures. Chadha emphasised that proposing names for a select committee doesn’t require signatures or written consent.
The controversial ‘Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023,’ aimed at overseeing bureaucrats in the national capital, has already passed through the Parliament. Chadha waved a book of Rajya Sabha rules, asserting that no signatures are necessary for proposing names to a select committee. He emphasised that members can withdraw their names if they wish to do so.
Chadha’s suspension has raised debates about parliamentary conduct and the interpretation of rules. The situation highlights the ongoing tensions between political parties and the intricate dynamics within the Rajya Sabha.