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M Venkaiah Naidu says, MPs cannot avoid summons of law enforcement agencies during Parliament session

Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu today said, the Members of Parliament cannot avoid summons of law enforcement agencies in criminal cases when the Parliament session is on or otherwise.

When the House met after first adjournment at 11.30 A.M, Mr. Naidu clarified that this is an incorrect notion that MPs are exempted from detainment, arrest, and questioning while the house is in session.

The remarks came in the backdrop of Congress members’ arguments yesterday that Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate despite the Parliament session underway.

Citing different rulings of the Supreme Court as well as the Rajya Sabha, Mr. Naidu said, MPs are on the same footing as a common man and the privilege endowed by the house does not excuse them from responding to criminal allegations.

He said, as a law-abiding citizen, it is the duty of MPs to respect law and legal procedure.

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