Committee on Ethics
As per Rule 287 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Telangana Legislative Assembly, at the commencement of the House or from time to time as the case may be, the Speaker shall nominate a Committee on Ethics consisting of not more than seven members including Chairman of the Committee:
Provided that a Minister with in the meaning of rule 2(m) or Speaker or Deputy Speaker or Government Chief Whip or Government Whip shall not be nominated a member of the Committee and that if a Member after his nomination to the Committee is appointed as a minister, Government Chief Whip or Government Whip or elected as Speaker or Deputy Speaker, he shall cease a member of the Committee from the date of such an appointment or election.
Functions of the Committee
As per Rule 288 of the Rules of Procedure and conduct of Business in the Telangana Legislative Assembly the Committee examines unethical conduct of a member both within or outside the House referred to it by the Speakder or the House or taken up by it suo-motto. The Committee examines a complaint relating to the unethical conduct of a Member, including a Minister other than the Speaker, outside the House may be made by any person to the Speaker in writing in the form of a petition, which may be referred to the Committee for enquiry and report.
The House may also refer the complaint of unethical conduct of a member, on a motion to the Committee for enquiry and report. The Committee may also suo-motto take up enquiry for matters relating to unethical conduct of a member, whenever felt necessary.
Those who file false, frivolous or vexatious complaints are liable for punishment by the House. The Committtee is at liberty to requisition the services of any agency for the purpose of investigation of complaints. The Committee examines every complaint where prima facie case is established with reference to the facts and submits its report to the House with such recommendations as it may deem fit.
After the report has been presented, the Chairman may move the report be taken up for consideration whereupon the Speaker put the question to the House.