New Delhi: The Supreme Court’s five-judge Constitution bench in its judgment said the parliamentary committee reports cannot be challenged in courts. The apex court permitted the PIL petitioners to rely on the parliamentary standing committee reports in constitutional court proceedings to achieve the objective of protecting rights of citizens.

A five-judge constitution bench of the top court, comprising Chief Justice of India  Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan unanimously ruled that placing reliance on the parliamentary committee reports in court proceedings does not impinge on parliamentary privilege.

The constitution bench, however, also said that the veracity, content, conclusion or opinion of MPs mentioned in the parliamentary committee reports cannot be questioned before a court of law. This judgment will help NGOs, which frequently file PILs in SC, to rely on the parliamentary standing committee reports that are often critical of the government to seek relief for people under various welfare schemes.