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HC seeks Delhi Speaker’s response on jail sentence

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Published : Jul 12, 2017, 2:57 am IST
Updated : Jul 12, 2017, 2:57 am IST

The Speaker on June 28 had sent them to 30 days of rigorous imprisonment for “contempt and breach of privilege” of the House.

Delhi High Court. (Photo: PTI)
 Delhi High Court. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Tuesday sought the Delhi Assembly Speaker’s response on a plea by two persons whom he had sent to jail for throwing pamphlets and sloganeering in the House during a session.

A bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Najmi Waziri issued production warrants for the two, who are currently in Tihar Jail, to ensure their presence before it on the next date of hearing on July 17.

The court, which had on monday questioned the maintainability of the plea, today issued notice to Speaker Ram Niwas Goel and the Director General of Prisons after the petitioners’ lawyer said in matters of alleged “illegal detention”, the detaining authority’s stand has to be sought.

The bench, however, reiterated its observation made during Monday’s hearing, that the rules under which the two petitioners were sent to jail need to be challenged.

“How is your detention illegal? The rules provide for it. You have to challenge the rules. The rules you are not assailing say that if you commit contempt or breach of privilege of the Assembly in view of the House, then the Speaker can sentence you to imprisonment,” the court said.

The bench also said it wanted to uphold the law and if the petitioners could show that their detention was illegal, the court will immediately set it aside.

The Speaker on June 28 had sent them to 30 days of rigorous imprisonment for “contempt and breach of privilege” of the House.

The two petitioners, Jagdeep Rana and Rajan Kumar Madan, while sitting in the Visitors Gallery of the House had hurled pamphlets and raised slogans demanding the resignation of Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain. 

Tags: delhi high court, delhi assembly speaker, ram niwas goel
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi