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Discussing the Conduct of the President or Governor<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani

in CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0043
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This chapter criticises the Tamil Nadu assembly's suspension of Rule 92 (vii) of its rules of procedure in order to discuss the conduct of the State Governor Chenna Reddy. It explains that this rule prohibits an assembly member from discussing the conduct of the president or any governor or any court of justice to influence a debate, and argues that if the rule can be suspended then there is no way prevent discussion of the conduct of the president. The chapter also contends that none of the grievances aired in the assembly in April 1995 warranted the drastic step of suspension of Rule 92 (vii). In addition, there are some serious misconceptions on the permissible limits of discussion in the legislature of the conduct of the head of state in a parliamentary democracy and of the conduct of the head of government towards the head of state.

Keywords: Tamil Nadu; Rule 92(vii); Chenna Reddy; State Governor; head of state; parliamentary democracy

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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