RS Chairman corrects house records on anti-corruption bill

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Chairman Venkaiah Naidu in Rajya Sabha. PTI/RSTV

Chairman Venkaiah Naidu in Rajya Sabha.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkiah Naidu on Thursday corrected the House records to state that a Bill to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, which was that was taken up yesterday, has not been passed by the Lok Sabha as yet.

The Chairman corrected records after Trinamool Congress MP Sukhendu Shekhar Roy raised the issue this morning through a point of order.

He said Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien should recall his statement, made on Wednesday, that the Bill he has allowed the minister to move has been passed by the Lok Sabha and transmitted to this House.

Roy said the Bill was brought to the Rajya Sabha on August 19, 2013 and was referred to a parliamentary standing committee for scrutiny. The panel submitted its report a year later but the legislation was referred to a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha, which submitted its report on August 11, 2016, he said, adding the government brought the Bill to the House on April 4, 2018.

“The bill was not passed by Lok Sabha,” he said.

Roy said the order passed by the Chair yesterday was under wrong premise and he should recall it.

Correcting the record, The Chairman said the Bill to amend the anti-graft law was the one reported by the Select Committee of the House.

The opposition members protested over the issue and alleged the government has misled the house. on the issue as some ministers had also said that the bill had been passed by the Lok Sabha.

Apprising the house after it assembled at 2 PM, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said, “Yes, it is true that this bill is not transmitted from Lok Sabha. That was an inadvertant comment and it has been corrected… Honourable Chairman has himself said in the house that it has been corrected”.

The upper house once again saw repeated disruptions due to which the division could not take place on Thursday as well. With no let up in the protest, the Deputy Chairperson adjourned the house for the day after it resumed proceedings at 3:26 PM.

(With inputs from PTI)