Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel today referred the matter of officers not providing answers to five questions asked by MLAs to the Privilege Committee and directed it to submit its report within a month.
As the House proceedings began, Goel asked MLAs, whose queries have not been answered, to read out their questions, but ministers of the departments concerned told the Speaker that officers had not provided answers despite his warning to them against doing so.
According to legislators, the officers did not answer questions pertaining to reserved subjects -- land, law and order, and services.
On June 7, the Speaker had warned principal secretaries of revenue, education and another department of strict action if they failed to provide response to unanswered questions on June 11.
"In the history of democracy and Delhi's politics, today's incident (matter of not providing answers by officers) will be written in black words.
"It is not only the insult of House, but also the Constitution and the people of Delhi," Geol told the House.
He said that the it was a matter of "contempt of the House".
"I am referring the matter to the Privilege Committee for action. I ask ministers to also put their report on the issue before the committee...I direct the committee to submit its report within a month," he also said.
During the Budget Session in March this year, Goel had hit out at the Lieutenant Governor after he communicated to him that he could not admit questions on reserved subjects including law and order, services and land.
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