Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Monday accepted batting legend Sachin Tendulkar’s leave request for rest of the session. Tendulkar hasn’t attended a single session this year.
Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said Tendulkar has requested permission to be absent from the house, citing “personal and professional commitments” and “family exigencies”.
However, as Kurien read out the application from Tendulkar seeking leave, some members raised objections and created a din.
But Kurien said the members were not supposed to discuss applications seeking leave.
“So many members are absent for various reasons, it is for the chair to enquire why they were absent. It is not for members to enquire why a certain member is not coming,” said Kurien.
The house then granted leave to Tendulkar.
Ansari had last week given a clean chit to Tendulkar and former Bollywood actress Rekha over their regular absence from the Parliament amid a bitter row over their non-presence in the Upper House.