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Lok Sabha adjourns

2017-07-17

PTI

New Delhi, Jul 17 : Proceedings of the Lok Sabha were adjourned for the day after paying tributes to sitting member Vinod Khanna, Union minister Anil Dave and some former members who passed away recently.

As the House met on the first day of the monsoon session, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and Indian Union Muslim League leader P K Kunhalikutty took oath as members of Lok Sabha.

While Farooq won the Srinagar seat bypoll, Kunhalikutty registered victory from Malappuram constituency. Abdullah took oath in Kashmiri, while Kunhalikutty preferred English.

Actor-politician Khanna, who was a Lok Sabha member from Gurdaspur, passed away in April at the age of 70. Dave (60), Union minister for Environment and Forest, passed away in May.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while making the obituary references, also condemned the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims and described it as a "cowardly" act.

Just before the proceedings began, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar greeted leaders from various parties including Sonia Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Farooq.

d ties with the UDF, also extended its support to Kumar.

Similarly, the lone independent MLA P C George had also announced his backing to Kumar. The voting will end at 5 PM.

ere ever since her conviction in February in the  disproportionate assets case along with her two relatives V N  Sudhakaran and Elavarasi, all serving a four-year jail term.

Rao had rubbished the charge against him by Roopa, terming it "absolutely false, baseless and wild", and said he would take legal recourse against his junior.

Responding to this, she had said "let there be a fair fact finding inquiry to find out the truth".

As the clash between the top officers played out in  public, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had ordered a high-level  probe by a retired IAS officer into the alleged irregularities at the central prison  and warned of "strict action" if anyone was found involved in wrong doing.

As her report triggered a major controversy, the red- faced Congress government also issued notice to Roopa asking her to explain her conduct, with Siddaramaiah saying it was "absolutely against the rule book".

Roopa had also highlighted in her report the "special treatment" being provided to fake stamp paper scam kingpin Abdul Karim Telgi.

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