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No Action Against Trinamool’s Mahua Moitra For Parliament Speech After All

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The government has decided to not pursue any action against Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra over her remarks in parliament on a former judge of India.

Last evening, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi had said a privilege motion might be moved against Mahua Moitra for her remarks – seen to focus on former judge Ranjan Gogoi — which have since been expunged.

“Raising the difficulty of the Ram Mandir judgment (the Ayodhya temple-mosque verdict) and bringing the then judge and other things, it is a serious matter and we’re thinking of taking appropriate measures,” Mr Joshi was quoted as telling new agency ANI.

The action would come under a rule that says that a member “shall not reflect upon the conduct of persons in high authority unless the discussion is predicated on a substantive motion drawn in proper terms.”

Mahua Moitra put out a defiant tweet. “It would be a privilege indeed if a breach of privilege motion is initiated against me for speaking the reality during India’s darkest hour,” she posted.

BJP MPs had objected to the Trinamool MP’s remarks on grounds that retired Justice Gogoi was a judge .

But sources say opinion was in favour of Mahua Moitra as she spoke a few former, not sitting, judge who currently doesn’t count as a “higher authority”.

Ms Moitra’s comments, which caused a furore within the Lok Sabha, were expunged and therefore the reason was this: “These remarks are against the judiciary.”

In a fiery speech, Ms Moitra also said, pertaining to the crackdown on farmer protests, that “India is during a state of undeclared emergency” and accused the govt of creating propaganda and disinformation “a cottage industry”.