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No person can claim open access to the Parliament as a right: Delhi HC [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 24 May 2020 7:28pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary No person can claim open access to the Parliament as a right: Delhi HC [READ ORDER]

In the matter of Anil Chamadia v. The Chairman Media Advisory Committee Rajya Sabha and Ors., while delivering the judgment on May 20, 2020, the Delhi HC has held that no person, be a journalist or otherwise, can claim open access to the precinct of the Parliament. Judgment to this effect was delivered by a single judge bench of Justice Navin Chawla. 

Background of the Case: 

The petitioner of the present case is a freelance journalist. He had by way of the writ petition challenged the decision of the Media Advisory Committee of the Rajya Sabha MAC) taken in the meeting held on 06.07.2017 restricting the issuance of passes to the journalist under the freelance category to only sessional passes thereby discontinuing its earlier practice of issuing an annual pass to the journalist under the freelance category and further prayed for a Writ of Mandamus directing the respondents to issue a permanent pass to him for covering the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha.

He had challenged the decision of MAC as not only violative of the Fundamental Right guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India but also under Article 14 in as much as it fails to give any reasonable basis for treating the freelance journalist as a separate category from the accredited journalist for issuance of the Rajya Sabha Press Gallery Pass. He had also alleged that the Impugned Decision seeks to create a divide and treat freelance journalists unequally and as being inferior to those journalists… Continue Reading...


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