Lokpal bill sent to Rajya Sabha select committee

New Delhi: The much-awaited Lokpal bill was Monday sent to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha soon after being taken up in the house after a gap of more than four months.

Even as Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitely questioned if the government wanted to pass the Lokpal bill at all and amidst mixed opinions from various parties, the upper house passed a motion to send the bill to a select committee.

The suggestion for sending the bill to a select committee was first made by Naresh Agarwal of the Samajwadi Party who moved an amendment on this, irking opposition parties who accused the government of using the SP member as a shield.

However, Minister of State of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V. Narayanasamy soon moved another motion to send the bill to a select committee. The motion was passed by voice vote.


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