Will deal with issue of immunity of lawmakers if criminality attached to acts: SC

Updated: Oct 4 2023 12:27PM

New Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI) A seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday said it will deal with the issue of whether immunity granted to lawmakers is available if there was criminality attached to their acts.

The bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud commenced hearing to reconsider the apex court's 1998 verdict granting MPs and MLAs immunity from prosecution for taking bribes to make a speech or vote in Parliament and state legislatures.

“We have to deal with the immunity as well and decide a narrow issue -- can the immunity (to the lawmakers) be attached when there is element of criminality,” a constitution bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud said.