Parliament adjourned after uproar over Army Chief's allegations

Both houses of Parliament were adjourned till 2 pm after uproar by the opposition over Army chief VK Singh's allegations that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore.

Earlier, both houses of Parliament were adjourned till noon after the opposition MPs created a ruckus over the disclosures made by the Army chief.

As soon as the Rajya Sabha met in the morning, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and some other opposition parties were on their feet, demanding a response from the government on the revelations made by the army chief.

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The BJP had give a notice for suspension of question hour on the issue.

Vice President Hamid Ansari said all matters were discussed in the house through appropriate procedures. He urged members to allow question hour to proceed. However, as opposition members did not relent, the house was adjourned. When proceedings resumed, BJP MPs continued to protest resulting in another adjournment.

In the Lok Sabha, members of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti and some other parties raised the demand for carving out a state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.

Some members also raised the allegations by Singh that he had been offered a bribe to clear the purchase of sub-standard equipment.

Meanwhile, reacting to Army Chief`s allegation, Defence Minister AK Antony said that it was a "serious" matter. Antony ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into General Singh's allegations.

General Singh created a stir by claiming that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore by a lobbyist for an equipment supplier to the Army.

In an interview to The Hindu, General Singh said the lobbyist, who retired recently from the Army, had offered to pay Rs 14 crore as bribe if he cleared the purchase of a particular make of vehicles for the Army.

Agencies