RSP MP N K Premachandran has given a notice for moving a privilege motion against revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia, alleging he had given out advance information that was to be notified only after the passage of the Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill.
The notice, moved Monday, is under the Speaker’s consideration. It says the bill has a provision empowering the government to notify the last date for depositing black money in the taxation and investment regime for Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme. “The bill was yet to be passed. No authority other than Lok Sabha is empowered to take a decision and declare it. Adhia briefed the media and said the last date for availing the benefit is likely to be December 30,” Premachandran said.
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“A declaration regarding a matter pending before the House amounts to breach of privilege. The revenue secretary has given indication to black money holders…”
Inside the House Tuesday, Premachandran questioned the government over the way it brought in the bill. “Under rules 81 and 82, the President’s assent is required for moving amendments to a money bill. But this bill was tabled as a supplementary agenda. We gave notices for amendments but there was no time for the President’s recommendation,” he told The Indian Express.
Premachandran’s point of order was ruled out with the Speaker saying it was important the bill be passed immediately. “A provision says even if you deposit in any private bank or establishment that can be made white. I wanted to amend it to entities other than private,” he said. “My case is that this is to help traders who have hoarded money.”