The debate on the much-awaited Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill 2010 ended abruptly in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday after the BJP insisted on a voting.
The bill to establish a mechanism to investigate complaints against judges was moved along with the Constitution (114th) Amendment Bill 2010 which seeks to increase the retirement age of high court judges from the present 62 to 65 years —bringing it on a par with the retirement age of Supreme Court judges.
The BJP, which opposes raising the retirement age of HC judges, claimed the government did not press for the vote because it did not have the numbers.
It is uncertain if the two bills will be taken up for discussion and voting on Thursday — the last day of the winter session.
The bills moved by law minister Salman Khurshid for consideration and passing were allotted four hours. But after five hours of discussion, BJP's Sushma Swaraj questioned why the government was not putting the bills to vote.
Girija Vyas, who was in the chair, said the debate should continue because more members wanted to speak.
The House witnessed commotion when Khurshid read out a statement on the Cabinet decision on providing 4.5% reservation for minorities within the 27% OBC quota. BJP members shouted slogans against reduction of seats reserved for the OBCs and tore copies of the statement and entered the well. The Speaker adjourned the house to Thursday.