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BJP says CBI probe announcement a privilege issue

Objecting to the Defence Minister announcing a CBI probe into Army Chief`s bribery allegation outside Parliament, the BJP said it is a privilege issue as the government did not take the House into confidence.



New Delhi: Objecting to the Defence Minister
announcing a CBI probe into Army Chief`s bribery allegation
outside Parliament, the BJP on Monday said it is a privilege issue
as the government did not take the House into confidence.

"Government did not take the House into confidence while
ordering CBI probe into Army Chief`s allegations....Parliament
is in session," BJP MP Balbir Punj told reporters outside
Parliament.

The government ordered a CBI inquiry into the allegation
made by Army Chief Gen VK Singh that he was offered a Rs 14
crore bribe by a lobbyist.

"This morning, the Rajya Sabha question hour could not be
taken up because MPs were agitated over a statement of the
army chief made in an interview to a daily that he was offered
a bribe of Rs 14 crore and he brought the incident to
knowledge of Defence Minister.

"The House was adjourned and when the House reassembled
we came to know from the media that CBI inquiry has been
ordered. This involves privilege of the House. Instead of
taking Parliament and country into confidence, you
(government) are secretly leaking out information to media
without owning it," Punj said.

PTI

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