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AAP MP Raghav Chadha's suspension revoked after ‘sufficient punishment’

AAP MP Raghav Chadha's suspension was revoked after BJP MP moves ‘sufficient punishment’ motion

AAP leader Raghav Chadha (Hindustan Times)Premium
AAP leader Raghav Chadha (Hindustan Times)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Raghav Chadha's suspension from Rajya Sabha was revoked by Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday on the motion moved by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP GVL Narasimha Rao. In the motion, which was adopted by a voice vote, Narasimha Rao said Raghav Chadha's suspension from Rajya Sabha so far is "sufficient punishment" for him.

Ahead of the motion, Rajya Sabha chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar said, “the committee after deep and thoughtful consideration finds Raghav Chadha finds guilty of both the charges."

After Raghav Chadha was held guilty, Narasimha Rao moved a motion that read: “That this house resolves that Shri Raghav Chadha, member, be held guilty of breach of privileges, and the suspension suffered by him so far be taken as sufficient punishment and the house may consider discontinuance of suspension of Shri Raghav Chadha, member, from the service of the Council from this day."

Raghav Chadha was suspended from the Upper House on August 11 for "breach of privilege" during the Monsoon Session after complaints. Raghav Chadha was accused of forging the signatures of five Rajya Sabha MPs in a motion related to the Delhi Services Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill was passed by both Houses.

Raghav Chadha was accused of not obtaining the consent of five Rajya Sabha MPs before including their names in a select committee. Not only this, Raghav Chadha also allegedly forged their signatures on the motion.

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Raghav Chadha has issued a statement as his Rajya Sabha suspension was revoked and thanked Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar. “On 11th August, I was suspended from the Rajya Sabha. I went to the Supreme Court for the revocation of my suspension. Supreme Court took cognizance of this and now my suspension has been revoked after 115 days...I am happy that my suspension has been roved and I want to thank the Supreme Court and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar."

Raghav Chadha also said that he remained suspended from the Rajya Sabha for over 115 days and during that time, he couldn't raise people's issues in the House. “I remained suspended from Rajya Sabha for 115 days. [I] couldn't question the government, raise people's issues for those days in House."

“Received lots of love, and blessings from people during 115 days of suspension. Thankful for all the love and support," Raghav Chadha said.

Raghav Chadha had earlier termed the suspension patently illegal and without the authority of the law. Faced with days of suspension, Raghav Chadha had moved to the top court, challenging his indefinite suspension from the Upper House.

However, the Supreme Court asked Raghav Chadha to meet Jagdeep Dhankhar and tender an unconditional apology.

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Published: 04 Dec 2023, 02:32 PM IST
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