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SC asks Parliament to review powers of Lok Sabha Speakers

SC asks Parliament to review powers of Lok Sabha Speakers

The Supreme Court on 21st January 2020 urged that the Parliament should set up an independent tribunal to decide disqualification petitions within reasonable time to the anti-defection law instead of leaving it to Speakers who continue to remain political party members either de jure or de facto.

Key Points:

  • The Parliament may consider it seriously to amend the Constitution to “substitute” Speakers of the Lok Sabha and Assemblies as “arbiter of disputes concerning disqualifications” which arise under the Tenth Schedule “with a permanent tribunal”.
  • This is considering the fact that the Speaker continues to belong to a particular political party.
  • The judgment was rendered by a bench of justices Rohinton Nariman, Aniruddha Bose and V Ramasubramanian.

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