Friday, 20 July, 2018

PNB Scam: Rahul Gandhi leads Congress protest against Centre

Budget Session begins today BJP celebrates 3 NE win PNB Scam: Rahul Gandhi leads Congress protest against Centre
Kristopher Love | 07 March, 2018, 17:33

NEWDELHI The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, buoyed by its impressive performance in three state polls, and the opposition, armed with the issue of banking scam, are likely to lock horns over a number of contentious matters in Parliament which reconvenes on Monday.

The Delhi High Court Wednesday sought response of the Enforcement Directorate on a plea by Nirav Modi's firm Firestar Diamond against a money laundering case lodged by the agency in connection with the over Rs 11,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.

The agitating parliamentarians blamed the Narendra Modi government for failing to detect the Rs.12,600 crore scam and allowing main accused diamond czar Nirav Modi to escape the country.

The Lok Sabha was initially adjourned till 12 noon after the Opposition members continued protests over various issues, making it hard for speaker Sumitra Mahajan to moderate the session. As the din continued, the House was adjourned till 3.30 pm and later for the day.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government was ready to debate the bank fraud issue.

The first half of the Budget Session, which ended on February 9, was also marked by similar frequent adjournments after protests by leaders from Andhra Pradesh.

He said for today, he has given permission to conduct a debate on frauds in public sector banks. During the session, the demand for grants for various ministries will also be discussed. The second part of the budget session will continue till 6th of next month.

He called a meeting of top leaders of all parties over the issue, but it was inconclusive.

On the other hand, the government may push for passage of the pending triple talaq bill and the OBC bill.

The Indian government is also keen to pass the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 in the ongoing session.

"PNB reported frauds amounting to Rs 12,645.97 crore to the Reserve Bank of India through its fraud monitoring reporting system", Jaitley said in reply to a question raised by Congress MP Wansuk Syiem.