Parliamentary panel reports can’t be challenged: Apex Court

RSTV Bureau

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the validity of parliamentary committee reports cannot be challenged or questioned in courts. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also said that courts can refer to parliamentary reports for statutory interpretation in accordance with law.

The bench, also comprising Justices AK Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, said “court can take judicial notice of parliamentary committee reports but their validity cannot be challenged”.

“…the Constitution envisages separation of power among the three organs of democracy and the court has to “strike a balance between legislature and judiciary,” the bench said in its verdict.

Relying on parliamentary committee reports in judicial proceedings does not impinge on parliamentary privileges, the apex court said.

The court’s ruling came on the hearing of two PILs filed by activist Kalpna Mehta and the Sama-Resource Group for Women and Health.

(With inputs from PTI)