Justice delayed is justice denied, Naidu on disqualification of MPs

RSTV Bureau

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu spoke about his decision to disqualify two Rajya Sabha MPs at an event in Delhi on Wednesday. Naidu pitched for quick decisions on such matters.

Lauding the criticism of his swift decision to disqualify rebel JD(U) MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar.

“I passed an order on disqualification within three months and then I gave the strong opinion at the end saying such decisions should be decided in around three months because the disqualifications (plea) itself that have been filed, some of them are pending for years,” Naidu said.

Vice President addressing the inaugural session of the annual convention of the Commission

Vice President addressing the inaugural session of the annual convention of the Commission

 

On December 4, Chairman Naidu had disqualified the two JD(U) rebels from the Rajya Sabha, on a plea filed by the party on September 2. The decision was one of the swiftest in the history of the Rajya Sabha, however, a few left leaders had questioned the motive.

Addressing the 12th annual convention of Central Information Commission (CIC), he asked the commissioners to also work in such manner and make “sincere efforts” towards speedy disposal of cases registered with them.  He said he thought his decision would be welcomed by the people across the country.

“Of course, people are welcoming but some people are asking ‘why the chairman has given the order just in three months’,” the Vice President said.

Clarifying that justice delayed is justice denied, the Chairman claimed that disqualification of a member of the legislature should be decided by the presiding officer in about three months to thwart political defections.

Naidu also said that such applications were dragged with a view to saving the membership of the persons, who have otherwise incurred disqualification or even to save the government, which enjoys majority only because of such type of persons.

The JD(U) had sought disqualification of Sharad Yadav and Ansari claiming that they revolted against the party.