Patna: Opposition RJD-LJP MLAs on Wednesday created uproar in the Bihar Assembly demanding CBI probe into non-reconciliation of Abstract Contingent (AC) bills with Detailed Contingent (DC) bills worth Rs 22,575.37 crore, as reported by the CAG. (Agencies)
After holding demonstration outside the assembly holding posters and banners, agitated RJD-LJP members entered the premises and trooped into the well of the house shouting anti-government slogans disrupting the proceedings of the house before the lunch recess.
They demanded that a CBI probe be ordered for non-submission of DC bills with respect to withdrawals of 22,575.37 crores through AC bills in Bihar as highlighted by the reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for the period ending March 31, 2011.
Earlier they stood in their seats before trooping into the well when the speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary took up the question hour.
The opposition members continued shouting slogans in the well in support of the demand.
The speaker refused to take up the adjournment notice by senior RJD MLA Samrat Choudhary but assured the agitated members of looking into the adjournment notice at an appropriate time.
In the meantime, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav intervened and ridiculed the opposition members for raising the demand of CBI probe on Wednesday when the CAG report was tabled in the house yesterday.
Yadav said the CAG report has already been referred to the public accounts committee of the house by the speaker on Tueday and there was no provision as such for any probe by any other agency.
This made the leader of opposition Abdul Bari Siddiqui and other vociferous MLAs furious as RJD MLA threw the documents on the reporters table. The speaker described the act as against parliamentary system.
Meanwhile Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said since the proceedings of the house was continuing for over a month now, the opposition should have brought the issue before and the state government would have replied.
Modi said that a petition for a CBI probe was filed by some people on the AC/DC bill issue but the Patna High Court had dismissed the petition earlier after holding hearing.
Modi said a similar petition was pending in the Supreme Court by some people and notices have been issued against the concerned parties.
He said decision of the Supreme Court would be acceptable for all but creating pandemonium on the issue in the house is unjustified.
In a statement issued to the media later on, the Opposition alleged that complete financial anarchy prevails in Bihar "because of financial mismanagement".
"Most of the important departments in Bihar has been indicted by the CAG in its report submitted in the state assembly yesterday and huge amount of public money has been misappropriated and even the Indira Awas Yojana too has not not been spared," Siddiqui said.
Patna: Opposition RJD-LJP MLAs on Wednesday created uproar in the Bihar Assembly demanding CBI probe into non-reconciliation of Abstract Contingent (AC) bills with Detailed Contingent (DC) bills worth Rs 22,575.37 crore, as reported by the CAG.