July 31, 2019
Kalyan Banerjee intervenes during Minister’s reply on The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendement) Bill, 2019
At the commencement of your speech you have confused us, you have confused me. You have said one chairman, one vice-chairman, three judicial members and three experts.So it comes to eight. In your Bill, in Clause 4E(1)(b), it is stated that ‘the Chairperson may constitute a Bench consisting of the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson as the presiding officer, with one Judicial Member and one Expert Member.’ That means one bench will consist of three persons.
Now, two benches can be constituted. If one has three members, two benches would have six members. But you are saying here that there would be eight members. Then what about the other two members? It is your debate, you started with those numbers.
You have confused me. In your debate you yourself have talked about eight members – one chairman, one vice chairman, three judicial members and three experts. And then again, your Bill is talking about two benches, with three members on each. So what would the two members do? Is there any necessity to appoint eight members, or six members? This is my number one issue.
Number two is regarding the sitting of this tribunal in Delhi. If you remember, in front of the Law Minister I had said that – here I am taking the privilege of the presence of the Law Minister, and this is with regard to not only this Bill – why should every tribunal’s head office be in Delhi? I am not restricted here. I am taking the privilege of the presence of the Law Minister. Aap toh zyada padhe hain, aap bahut intelligent hain, hum utna intelligent nahi. Toh aap yeh six aur eight samjha dijiye.