The JD(U)’s party leader in the House petitioned to the Rajya Sabha chairman on September 5.
Days after Janata Dal United (JDU) floor leader Ram Chandra Prasad Singh along with party colleague Sanjay Jha filed a petition to Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to seek disqualification of former party chief Sharad Yadav from the upper house, an Indian Express Report states that only after a reconstitution of standing committees can make it possible. The JD(U)’s party leader in the House petitioned to the Rajya Sabha chairman on September 5. The report further states that the petition for the disqualification of a member from the house is examined by the Committee on Ethics. The reconstitution of the standing committee that is headed by senior Congress member Karan Singh along with five other is possible because of three reasons.
According to Indian Express, the first reason for recasting the 10-member panel is that all its members have been there for over a year. While the ethics committee was set up on October 5, 2016, the rest of the committees that include Government Assurances, House, Papers Laid on the table, Petitions and Subordinate Legislation were set up on September 15, 2016. Secondly, the new Chairman of the house, M Venkaiah Naidu has taken charge and there has been a change in the complexion of the upper House ever since. The third and final reason is that Sharad Yadav is himself one of the members of the committee, Sitaram Yechury of the CPI(M) was the other but he has now retired.
According to the rules the house, after considering the comments of Sharad Yadav, the chairman of the house “may either proceed to determine the question or, if he is satisfied, having regard to the nature and circumstances of the case that it is necessary… refer the petition to the committee for making a preliminary inquiry and submitting a report to him,” as per the report. The Rules of Procedure state that if the Rajya Sabha Chairman finds that the petition is in order, may forwards it along with annexures to Yadav for his comments who will be required to return it with his comments within seven days of receiving the documents.