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Three problems with the Delhi ordinance

The ordinance decision would effectively nullify the May 11 judgment of the Supreme Court that handed over control of services to the elected Delhi government

On the position of the lieutenant governor (LG) vis-a-vis the elected government in the matter of services, the Constitution bench said the former shall be bound by the decisions of the government on services(ANI)
Published on May 23, 2023 08:15 PM IST

Why the suspension of MPs may need to be reconsidered

If India is the mother of democracy, it becomes an obligation to ensure that conditions are created for the smooth functioning of Parliament 

What ails Parliament today is the complete breakdown of trust between the government and the Opposition. (ANI)
Published on Aug 01, 2022 09:52 PM IST

MCD merger plan may face several hurdles

The legislative assembly of Delhi is the competent legislature to bring about an amendment to the Act under Part 9A of the Constitution for this purpose, whenever it feels the need to do so

An EDMC vehicle sprinkles water over a road at Ghazipur to contain pollution, New Delhi, November, 23, 2020 (PTI)
Updated on Mar 23, 2022 06:24 PM IST
ByPDT Achary

In the Lok Sabha, the case of the missing deputy speaker

The Speaker, constitutionally speaking, is not required to act on the advice of the council of ministers. He can independently fix the date of election of the deputy speaker

The Constitution recognises the importance of the office of the deputy speaker. Therefore, the House cannot treat it as a post of no importance or redundant (PTI)
Updated on Oct 04, 2021 05:45 PM IST
ByPDT Achary

Securing the independence of legislative secretariats, the Patel and Naidu way

The Constitution provides for a separate secretariat and separate rules of recruitment of officials for each House. The V-P seems to have fully understood the purpose of this constitutional provision, and has upheld a great tradition

The Constitution mandates that the officials who man the secretariats shall be different from those who man the executive. (HT archive)
Updated on Sep 13, 2021 06:39 PM IST
ByPDT Achary

The limits of the subjudice rule

The House can discuss any matter of public importance. Freedom of speech of legislators prevails over a self-imposed restriction

On many occasions, Parliament has discussed issues which were before the Supreme Court. Further, the rules of procedure contain a rule which empowers the House to suspend any rule to facilitate a discussion (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 08, 2021 07:05 PM IST
ByPDT Achary

Don’t curtail free speech in Parliament

The rule of sub-judice is a needless restriction on the freedom of speech in the House. The restrictions on the committees are not sanctioned either by the Constitution or by the rules of the House.

In the context of the direction issued by the presiding officers of Parliament, it must be said that no rule relating to committees mentions sub-judice or imposes restrictions on this ground on the subjects selected by the committees(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 09, 2020 08:07 PM IST
ByPDT Achary

Don't shoot over others' shoulders

Most of our arms deals come under the scanner mainly because of a lack of national consensus on defence preparedness. PDT Achary writes.

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Updated on May 20, 2012 09:06 PM IST
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Well within its jurisdiction

Parliament can tailor the ambit of the public accounts committee to probe all aspects of the 2G scam, writes PDT Achary.

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Updated on May 30, 2011 10:09 AM IST
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