Speaker need not reply to legal notices : TN CM

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Chennai, Nov 3 (UNI) Quoting extensively from a resolution passed during the AIADMK regime in 1992, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today hinted that there was ''no need'' for the Assembly Speaker to reply to the notices issued by the judiciary in matters involving the privileges of the House.

His remarks assumes significance in the wake of Madras High Court granting a stay on the Tamil Nadu Assembly Privileges Committee proceedings against AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa.

Observing that the legislature and judiciary have ''well-defined roles,'' Mr Karunanidhi, replying to a set of questions, said as per Article 194 of the Constituion, the State Assembly has unique responsibilities, duties and rights.

''It was the duty of the House to protect its rights and as well as the rights of the members. The Assembly rights and proceedings are beyond the purview of the judiciary and individuals'', he said.

As per the Constitution framework, the judiciary, executive and the legislature have separate responsibilities and function independently.

''There is no scope for interference by one in the domain of the other,'' he pointed out.

Mr Karunanidhi also recalled a portion of the resolution which had said that there was no need to accept any notices or summons involving the privilege of the House.

''It was Ms Jayalalithaa, who had passed this resolution during her regime. But now, when a privilege issue was raised against her, she has moved the Court violating all norms,'', he quipped.

The Chief Minister said when similar notices were sent to him during the AIADMK rule by the Privileges Committee, he had replied to it and had not sought judicial remedy.

Mr Karunanidhi also refuted Ms Jayalalithaa's charge that the privilege issue raised against her did not have the sanction of the Speaker.

UNI

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