Ghaziabad: A revenue clerk was suspended here for violating service rules after he posted a WhatsApp status, questioning why President Ram Nath Kovind is not seeking a report from governors of UP and Bihar over the law and order situation.

Alleging that "jungle raj" is prevailing in both states, revenue clerk Bijendra Singh asked why President Kovind is not taking bold decision like his predecessor K R Narayanan, who was also a Dalit like him.

Why President Kovind is not summoning a report over the law and order situation from governors, he asked.

Commenting on the action taken against the official, District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey said the revenue clerk was suspended on the basis of an inquiry carried out by Deputy Collector Devendra Pal Singh.

This is a clear-cut violation of UP Government Servant Conduct Rules, 1956, the DM said, adding that a departmental inquiry has also been ordered against him.

Singh has been attached with the office of land records in Ghaziabad and would get only half salary during the suspension period, Pandey added.

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New Delhi, Mar 4: The Supreme Court on Monday held that MPs and MLAs do not enjoy immunity from prosecution for taking bribe to make a speech or cast a vote in the legislature.

A seven-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud unanimously overruled the 1998 verdict delivered by a five-judge bench in the JMM bribery case by which MPs and MLAs were granted immunity from prosecution for taking bribe to make a speech or vote in the legislature.

Pronouncing the verdict, the CJI said bribery is not protected by parliamentary privileges and the interpretation of the 1998 verdict is contrary to Articles 105 and 194 of the Constitution.

Articles 105 and 194 deal with the powers and privileges of MPs and MLAs in Parliament and legislative assemblies.

The CJI, who read the operative part of the verdict for the bench, said that bribery is not immune under the articles as it erodes probity in public life.