Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkiah Naidu on Thursday said that a bill to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 has not been amended by the Lok Sabha yet.
Correcting the House records, Naidu said the bill to amend the anti-graft law was the one reported by the Select Committee of the House.
This comes after Trinamool Congress's Sukhendu Shekhar Roy raised the issue through a point of order, saying Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien should recall his statement 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 Upper House of Parliament 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 wrong premise and he should recall it.
Meanwhile, 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.
The Rajya Sabha chairman had to adjourn the proceedings in wake of the slogan shouting by the opposition members.
On Wednesday, Roy had sought a division of vote on introduction of the bill. But due to 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.