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, that was taken up on Wednesday, has not been passed by the Lok Sabha yet.
This happened after Sukhendu Shekhar Roy (TMC) raised the issue through a point of order, saying Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien should recall his statement 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.
Roy said the order passed by the Chair on Wednesday was under the wrong premise and he should recall it.
Correcting the record, Naidu said the Bill to amend the anti-graft law was the one reported by the Select Committee of the House.
Opposition members protested the attempts by the government to mislead the House on the issue as some ministers had also said that the bill had been passed by the Lok Sabha.
But the issue was lost in the din created by other Opposition parties raising issues ranging from special category status to Andhra Pradesh to the constitution of Cauvery Water Management Board.
Naidu had to adjourn the proceedings in wake of the slogan shouting by the Opposition members.
Roy had on Wednesday sought a division vote on the introduction of the Bill. But due to the din and members raising slogans from the Well, Kurien could not take up the division that could have paved the way for introduction and subsequent passage of the Bill. —PTI