Another face off between the judiciary and the legislature is on the cards with the Supreme Court issuing a notice to Lok Sabha Speaker on the MPs' expulsion issue. It is surprising that the MPs see themselves as having been wronged. The framers of our Constitution would never have imagined that the two powerful institutions they created for securing democracy would lock horns over such an issue.
Though Parliament is supreme, individuals cannot be denied their right to the due process of law. Let the Constitution Bench decide on the correctness of the procedure followed by Parliament in expelling the MPs.
Expulsion on the strength of a majority - even for valid reasons and after complying with the rules - amounts to unsettling voters' verdicts. The supremacy of the House in enacting legislation need not be over-stretched to arrogate to itself the powers normally assigned to law enforcing agencies and courts of law. The balance of power among the various organs of the state will be jeopardised.
True, everyone has a right to appeal against injustice. But in the MPs' expulsion case, the Speaker did the right thing to save the image of Parliament. In fact, it was perhaps the first definitive step taken by a Speaker against corruption. When the legislature has the power under the Constitution to remove the President, the Vice-President, and judges through impeachment, the removal of some of its own members for wrongdoing is not necessarily inappropriate.