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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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Bribes in Parliament: A Shocking Ruling by the Supreme Court 1

Bribes in Parliament: A Shocking Ruling by the Supreme Court 1

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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS
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A.G. Noorani

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0046

This chapter criticises the Indian Supreme Court's April 1998 decision in the Jharkand Mukti Morcha case P.V. Narasimha Rao v State, which held that legislators who take bribes enjoy constitutional protection from prosecution for their crimes. This case was decided by Justices S. C. Agrawal, A. S. Anand, S. P. Bharucha, S. Rajendra Babu, and G. N. Ray. The chapter argues against the opinion of Justice Bharucha and suggests that he has gratuitously ventured into a highly complex and controversial field of parliamentary privilege which has a direct bearing on press freedom. It also reviews related rulings in the U.S. and Great Britain.

Keywords:   Indian Supreme Court, P. V. Narasimha Rao v State, bribery, S. C. Agrawal, A. S. Anand, S. P. Bharucha, S. Rajendra Babu, G. N. Ray, parliamentary privilege, press freedom

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