The Lok Sabha proceedings descended into chaos on Monday after Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra brought up the sexual harassment allegations against a former chief justice of India, saying that the judiciary was no longer sacred.
The remarks were later expunged from the House records, according to some reports.
In a fiery speech during the discussion on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, Moitra lashed out at the Narendra Modi government for making “hate, pettiness and bigotry” a part of its narrative , in what she called a “truly fascist fashion”.
India’s tragedy today is not just that her government failed her, but that her other democratic pillars – the media and democracy – has failed her too, the TMC leader said.
“The sacred cow that was the judiciary is no longer sacred,” Moitra added. “It stopped being sacred the day a sitting chief justice of this country was accused of sexual harassment, presided over his own trial, cleared himself and then proceeded to accept a nomination to the Upper House of Parliament within three months of his retirement replete with Z plus security.”