Parliamentary Privileges and Bribery: SC Pronouncement

Recently, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court (SC) ruled that Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) cannot claim any immunity from prosecution for accepting bribes to cast a vote or make a speech in the House in a particular fashion.

  • The Supreme Court in Sita Soren Vs Union of India held that bribery is not immune under Article 105 (2) and the corresponding provision of Article 194.
  • The Bench overruled the 3:2 Constitution Bench decision (1998) held in P.V Narasimha Rao v State (CBI/SPE).

What was the Case?

  • In 2012, Sita Soren, a member of the Jharkhand ....
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