New Delhi: The Supreme Court deferred the hearing on a plea by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Member of Parliament (MP) Raghav Chadha challenging his suspension from the Rajya Sabha after being informed that some constructive progress is likely to happen in the matter.
A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra was informed by Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, representing the Rajya Sabha (RS) Secretariat, that if the matter is heard by December 4, then this case would not have to be heard again as some progress in the matter is likely.
“If your lordships can hear this later, you may not have to consider many issues. something constructive is happening,” Mehta told the bench. “Do not say anything about this matter … just wait. Let us have a resolution,” the bench said and posted the matter for further hearing on December 8.
Lawyer Shadan Farasat, who appeared for the AAP leader, also raised the issue of the eviction notice received by Chadha with regard to his official bungalow in the national capital and said that he should be protected. The bench asked Mehta to look into the issue. Earlier, the top court had deferred the hearing on the AAP Rajya Sabha MP’s plea to December 1 after being informed that there was some development in the case.
Apex court earlier asked Chadha to tender unconditional apology to Dhankar
Taking note of the submission of Farasat that Chadha was willing to apologize to the Rajya Sabha Chairperson Jagdeep Dhankhar, the apex court had asked Chadha to tender an unconditional apology over the select committee row to Dhankhar, and he may consider it “sympathetically”.
Chadha was suspended from the Upper House until the submission of Privilege Committee’s findings on the allegation of the AAP Rajya Sabha MP forging the signatures of five MPs for proposing their names for a Select Committee for the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023.