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Privileges panel issues summons despite HC stay

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore Oct. 8. The questions of privileges and supremacy of the Legislature have come to the fore with the Committee on Privileges of the Legislative Council going ahead with its proceedings for breach of privilege against B. Krishna Bhat despite the High Court staying any action on the two notices issued to him.

In an unusual move, the seven-member committee headed by the senior MLC and former Law Minister, M.C. Nanaiah, allowed the press to cover its sitting held today.

Mr. Bhat, who is the President of the Vishwabharati House-building Cooperative Society and had been summoned to appear before the committee today, failed to do so. The committee again summoned him to appear before it on October 21. The issue of breach of privilege arose out of a public interest petition filed by Mr. Bhat questioning the foreign trip undertaken by some of the legislators last year.

The Privileges Committee took the stand that it had summoned Mr. Bhat only to seek an explanation from him about the unfounded allegations he had levelled against the members and the disrespect he had shown to the Legislature.

The committee had issued two notices to him on September 16 and 22 with regard to his PIL regarding the foreign trip of the legislators and his letters to the presiding officers of the two Houses that no discussion be allowed on a layout formed by his housing society as the matter was sub judice, respectively.

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