Speaker's consent to interrogate staffer: Opposition to raise issue in Parliament


Congress leaders argued that the protection offered by Rule 165 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Kerala Legislative Assembly is not applicable to staff members.

Kerala Legislative Assembly | Photo: PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: The Legislative Assembly Secretary’s statement that Speaker’s consent was required to interrogate one of his staff members, has landed in controversy. Opposition has claimed that Assembly Secretary’s statement was against the rules. However, the Speaker and the Assembly Secretary have denied this.

The issue will be resonated by the opposition in the budget session of Assembly, which will start on Friday. Earlier, the opposition had filed a notice demanding the removal of Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan from his position.

Congress leaders argued that the protection offered by Rule 165 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Kerala Legislative Assembly was not applicable to staff members.

Speaker is likely to be interrogated in the gold smuggling case. The opposition believes that the Legislative Assembly Secretary’s statement was part of the plan to avoid this.

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