Echoing the concern to fringe their privileges, the members of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly today slammed State High Court for banning the movement of vehicles of the legislators and parking on the sealed roads in Shimla town.
As the house commenced this morning for the day proceeding, BJP member Suresh Bhardwaj and Ravinder Singh Ravi raised the issue that a police staff insulted its member Jai Ram Thakur and permit sticker of Hans Raj was tore down in front of him when they were going to their residences at Metropol.
BJP members raising this issue under rule 67 in house demanded to suspend rest of business today and discuss the issue. Each member stressed that it is high time to take call to make judiciary accountable.
The members cutting across party lines in the house said the judges of the state high court were not above the constitution and could not take arbitrary decisions.
Members were highlighting that the contentions came in the wake of the high court orders in November last that stayed vehicle permits issued by the State Government for sealed roads or restricted roads in Shimla.
Assuring the house Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the Government would not compromise with the prestige of the legislators and would ensure that their respect and dignity be maintained. Mr. Singh said that police staff who misbehaved with the BJP members who tore the route permit suspended forthwith while disciplinary action will be taken for others.
He assured that the road near the new Metropol, the residential accommodation of the legislators on the Mall Road, would be used for the parking of the legislators’ vehicles. Chief Minister said that yellow line would be drawn near Metropol where members could not only carry their vehicles but also use it for parking.
The speaker B.B.L. Butail whose vehicle was also fined after the high court directive blamed the state home department for the mess up as it had misinterpreted the high court orders. The congress member Sanjay Rattan said the judiciary was challenging the legislature, which was unjust.
He said the elected members in the Democracy should not be insulted in this manner. The chief minister said he was too concerned in the issue. “The assembly is a constitutional body and the MLAs have their own dignity. It should be respected at all costs. The rights and privileges of the MLAs should be protected,” he added.