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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu (Photo: PTI)

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New Delhi: Two bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha including legislation to expand the scope of anti-competitive agreements and introduce a settlement and commitment framework to reduce litigation. The opposition had to adjourn both the Houses of Parliament over the issues of inflation and unemployment.

Rajya Sabha Speaker M Venkaiah Naidu clarified in the House on Friday that “Members of Parliament do not enjoy immunity from arrest in criminal cases or any other form of immunity during the session”. The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2022 and the New Delhi Center for International Arbitration (Amendment) Bill, 2022 were introduced in the Lok Sabha. “Enterprise”, “Relevant Product Market”, “Group”, “Control” etc. to provide clarity. Provides for modification of certain definitions of the same.

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It provides for the appointment of a Director General by the Commission with the prior approval of the Central Government and introduction of a settlement and commitment framework to reduce litigation. The Center for International Arbitration (Amendment) Bill, 2022 seeks to rename the New Delhi Center for International Arbitration.

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In this Bill, there is a provision to change the name of the Center from New Delhi International Arbitration Center to India International Arbitration Centre. The Lok Sabha also discussed the Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022. Congress MPs wore black as part of their nationwide protest. Against inflation and unemployment.

Congress leaders were seen garlanding vegetables in the Parliament premises to protest against the central government on inflation. In the Rajya Sabha, Naidu said that in criminal cases, Members of Parliament (Members of Parliament) “are not on a different footing than ordinary citizens”.

“This means that a Member of Parliament does not get immunity from arrest in a criminal case or any other form of immunity during the session,” Naidu observed. Naidu’s observation came after Congress House Leader Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue in the House that the Enforcement Directorate had summoned him during the session.

Turning to the events of the past few days, Naidu said, “One thing I want to clarify is that there is a “misconception among members that they have the privilege of action by the agency during the session”.

“I have given it serious thought. I checked all the examples and remembered my own judgment given earlier. “

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According to Article 105 of the Constitution, Members of Parliament have certain privileges so that they can perform their parliamentary duties without hindrance. One of the privileges is that a member of Parliament cannot be arrested in a civil case 40 days before the commencement of a session or committee meeting and 40 days thereafter,” the Speaker said.

This privilege has already been enshrined under Section 135A of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, Naidu said. Noting that the Presiding Officers have passed several decisions, the Speaker drew the attention of the House to a decision delivered by Dr Zakir Hussain in 1966 which stated that “Members of Parliament enjoy certain privileges to enable them to discharge their duties”.

“One such privilege is freedom from arrest when Parliament is in session. This privilege of freedom from arrest is limited to civil cases only and is not permitted to interfere with the administration of criminal proceedings,” he said.

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