Privilege panel may examine ‘expunged comments’ issue

RSTV Bureau

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien on Monday indicated that distortion and reporting of expunged remarks of a Samajwadi Party MP by certain media houses may be referred to the Privilege Committee.

Kurien said he had last week stated that media should not report anything expunged by the Chair from the records. And if the remarks of any member are distorted, it “amounts to breach of privilege” of the Member of Parliament, he said.

KTS Tulsi (Nominated) member in Rajya Sabha

KTS Tulsi (Nominated) member in Rajya Sabha

He made the remarks after KTS Tulsi (Nominated) said that 50 lawmakers from 12 parties have signed and given a notice under rule 188 for breach of privilege by certain media houses for twisting and distorting of the remarks by Naresh Agrawal (SP).

“We welcome criticism, but not in a manner of distorting views and presenting them in a fashion that tantamount to defaming” the MP, he said. “The matter should be referred to the privileges committee.”

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien in Rajya Sabha

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien in Rajya Sabha

Last week, Agrawal’s controversial comments had been expunged by the Chair from records and he had asked the media not to report them.

Kurien said if the remarks have been distorted and if the notice of Tulsi has been signed by 50 MPs, the matter “will be referred to the privileges committee.”