Congress files privilege notice against Jaitley for misguiding on Lokpal bill


New Delhi, April 5: Accusing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for misguiding on the Lokpal bill Congress leader K.C. Venugopal on Wednesday filed a privilege notice.

The Lokpal bill is pending with the standing committee in the Lok Sabha.

Earlier on March 22, the Central government had informed the Supreme Court that the Lokpal could not be appointed as the it was pending in the house for the required amendment.

Next day, the opposition parties criticised severely the NDA government for deliberately delaying the appointment of the anti corruption

Congress leader Venugopal strongly objected to center’s convener, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi’s statement in the supreme court. He had said the existing law needs to be changed so that the leader of opposition will be substituted with the leader of the single largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha, as a member of the Lokpal selection committee.

During the Zero Hour, Venugopal also accused the government for weakening the agencies and the institutions responsible for fighting graft and the laid down rules and procedures.

As several other opposition lawmakers joined Venugopal in attacking the government, finance minister Arun Jaitley intervened and said the required amendment in the law was being considered by the parliamentary standing committee concerned.

Finance Minister said the bill is in the standing committee, that is not true. The Minister misled the House, I am seeking a privilege motion,” Veenugopal said.

Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge slammed Jaitley for “lying” in the House.

He is an eminent lawyer, and he speaks a lie in Parliament,” Kharge said.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan however refused to comment on the issue and said the privilege motion was under her consideration.

“The decision cannot be taken immediately. I will look at it when it comes to me,” Mahajan said.

Wefornews Bureau (with ANI inputs)

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