‘Sonia didn’t raise corruption issue in LS’

While Rahul Gandhi has raised the issue of corruption during the course of the current Lok Sabha, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has not brought it up.

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2011, 16:44 PM IST

New Delhi: While Rahul Gandhi has raised the
issue of corruption during the course of the current Lok
Sabha, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has not brought it up.

This has been stated by Lok Sabha Secretariat in reply to
an RTI application on whether the two leaders had raised
issues relating to corruption, black money and empowerment of
the judiciary, filling up of vacant judicial posts, further
empowerment of RTI Act and that of investigation agencies and
commissions, among others.

"As regards information pertaining to the number of times
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, MPs, demanded for information
relating to corruption (part of query No 3) and empowerment
of investigation agencies (part of query No 4), it may be
stated that Rahul Gandhi has raised an issue during `Zero
Hour` on 26 August, 2011 regarding need to frame a set of
effective law to combat corruption and empowerment of
investigation agencies as well.

"However, Sonia Gandhi has never raised any issue
mentioned at both query Nos 3 and 4.... during the 15th Lok
Sabha," the Lok Sabha Secretariat said giving information
under the RTI Act.

While query No 3 related to the issues of corruption and
return of black money stashed away abroad, query No 4 was on
various matters about the judiciary and empowerment of
investigation agencies and commissions.

The reply said the Table Office dealt with information
pertaining to matters of urgent public importance raised after
Question Hour, i.e., Zero Hour, matters under Rule 377 and
Calling Attention and Adjournment Motions.

In reply to another question, the Secretariat said Sonia
Gandhi has so far neither participated in any of international
official events nor has she ever been part of any Indian
Parliamentary delegation going abroad under bilateral exchange
between 2009 and 2011.

It also said that neither Sonia nor Rahul had committed
any breach of privilege of the House by misleading the people
through the Land Acquisition Bill.

The RTI application, which contained 15 questions, had
been filed by a Delhi-based activist Gopal Prasad.

The Secretariat said while Sonia is not a member of
any of the Parliamentary Committees, Rahul, at present, is
a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Resource
Development.

PTI