New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Raghav Chadha to offer an unconditional apology to the Rajya Sabha chairman vis a vis his suspension from the Upper House of Parliament. On Friday, the Supreme Court recorded the statements of Chadha's lawyer who said the Member of Parliament had no intention to affect the dignity of the House of which he is a member. Chadha's lawyer told the Supreme Court that he will seek an appointment with the Rajya Sabha Chairperson so that he may place and unconditional apology. The Court said the apology may be considered sympathetically by the Chairperson in the background of facts and circumstances of the House.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court said, "During the course of the hearing, a way forward has been suggested by both the parties. The petitioner has suggested he would seek an appointment and apologise on record, which would be considered sympathetically by the Rajya Sabha chairman."
Raghav Chadha was suspended from the Rajya Sabha on August 1 for "breach of privilege" after four MPs alleged that he violated rules by naming them in a House panel without their consent. The Rajya Sabha passed a resolution moved by the leader of the House Piyush Goyal to suspend Raghav Chadha till the privilege committee submits its findings.
Raghav Chadha was the second MP of the Aam Aadmi Party to be suspended during the Monsoon session of Parliament. Sanjay Singh, a senior leader of the party, was suspended on July 24. Singh was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on October 4.