New Delhi: Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Thursday after a stormy Monsoon session with Chairman Hamid Ansari expressing disappointment over the frequent interruptions resulting in loss of 53 business hours.

The session, however, created history by adopting a motion for removal of Calcutta High Court Judge Soumitra Sen on charges of misappropriation of funds.

Another hallmark of the six-week long session was the discussion on the issue of Lokpal.

"On both the occasions, the House witnessed a very high quality of debate," Ansari said in his valedictory remarks.

Significantly, the Rajya Sabha secretariat said the discussion on the Lokpal on August 27 culminated with the House unanimously adopting a resolution for a strong Lokpal Bill.

"The discussion lasted for about seven hours after which the House unanimously adopted a Resolution for a strong Lokpal Bill," it said.

Earlier, the Government had stated that both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha conveyed "sense of the House" to the Standing Committee scrutinizing the Lokpal Bill.

Expressing indignation over the frequent disruptions, Ansari said, "It being the Monsoon session, (the House) has lived up to its appellation with stormy proceedings... Many matters of public importance remained unattended. This is a sad commentary on the right and duty of the Members who participate meaningfully in the proceedings of the House. It calls for introspection..."

The interruptions by members of different political parties were on account of issues related to corruption, price rise, land acquisition in Uttar Pradesh, "indictment" of Delhi Chief Minister by CAG in its report on Commonwealth Games and on Anna Hazare's agitation, the secretariat said. 

Towards the end, the House could not transact normal business as BJP protested against the appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat and demanded recall of the Governor.

The House sat for 85 hours and 53 hours were lost due to interruptions/adjournments. 14 hours could be made up by late sittings and skipping lunch recess. The Question Hour could not be held on 14 occasions due to interruptions.

(Agencies)