Is Farooq Abdullah under arrest? If so, this is an open violation of parliamentary rules
According to the rules, if any member of the Lok Sabha is arrested or detained, then the information has to be given to the Speaker immediately.
During the debate on Jammu and Kashmir in the Lok Sabha, DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran asked a key question. Maran wanted to know about Farooq Abdullah; he feared that Abdullah had been arrested and that the information was not given to Parliament. Maran said that Farooq Abdullah had not been seen for many days; he was last seen attending an all-party meeting at his residence in Srinagar. Farooq Abdullah is the Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar.
Dayanidhi Maran asked Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, "We have no information. As the Speaker, you are responsible for the safety of the MPs." In response, Om Birla said that he will ascertain the whereabouts of the Kashmir MP. Maran insisted that the house should be told where Farrukh Abdullah is. However, Home Minister Amit Shah did not answer any of Maran's questions.
What do the rules say?
The rules relating to the arrest of MPs in the 257-page Rules of Lok Sabha are mentioned in the twentieth chapter. According to Rule 229, when any Lok Sabha member is arrested or taken into custody or sent to jail, then the information should be given to the Speaker immediately. Not only this, details of where the member was arrested or detained, should be duly filled up and passed on to the presiding officer.
Format of the form for the arrest of MP in the Third Schedule of the Rules of the Lok Sabha
These arrangements have been made under the Third Schedule of the Rules. According to Rule 230, if a member is released, then that information should also be given to the Speaker by the officials concerned. Rule 231 of the Lok Sabha states that as soon as the Speaker receives information related to the arrest or release of a member, he will share that information in front of the House. If the parliamentary session is not going on, it will be published in the bulletin.
Why is this important in Farrukh Abdullah case?
In view of the increasing tension in Jammu and Kashmir, many prominent leaders of the state have been arrested. Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were first detained at home, but on Monday night both were arrested. There is no such information about Farooq Abdullah. No one knows where he is. So, it is feared that he has either been detained or t arrested. In some media reports, it was claimed that Farooq Abdullah was also detained.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]