Q. Consider the following statements;
1.The Speaker of the Lok Sabha has the authority to delete or expunge words, phrases, and expressions from the records if they are considered defamatory, indecent, unparliamentary, or undignified.
2.Rules of the Lok Sabha ensures that MPs should give advance notice before making defamatory allegations against other MPs.
3.The defamatory words are expunged only in the Lok Sabha while MPs of the Rajya Sabha are handed a list of the words that are not allowed in the Rajya Sabha.
How many of the statements given above are correct?

[A] Only one

[B] Only two

[C] All three

[D] None

Answer: B


Statements 1 and 2 are correct. Rule 380 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Lok Sabha gives the Speaker the discretion to expunge any words or expressions used in debate that are considered defamatory, indecent, unparliamentary, or undignified. Rule 353 of the Lok Sabha requires MPs to give advance notice before making allegations. This allows the concerned Minister to conduct an inquiry and present the facts when the MP makes the allegation in the House.

Statement 3 is incorrect. Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have provisions for expunging defamatory or unparliamentary words. Rule 261 of the Rajya Sabha gives the Chairman similar powers to expunge remarks as Rule 380 does for the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Both houses maintain lists of unparliamentary words, but expunction is not limited to the Lok Sabha alone.

Source: The Hindu