Press Esc to close

Judicial probe into Wal-Mart lobbying ordered

New Delhi, Dec 12, 2012 , DHNS 0:49 IST
Customers shop inside a Best Price Modern Wholesale store, a joint venture of Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Bharti Enterprises, in Zirakpur in the northern Indian state of Punjab in this November 24, 2012 file photo. To match INDIA-WALMART/ REUTERS photo
The government on Thursday announced a time-bound judicial investigation into allegations of lobbying by retail giant Wal-Mart to enter the Indian market.

However, the government remained silent on the Opposition and the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s demand of setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee in this regard. Lok Sabha members also did not raise the issue when the investigation was announced.

Immediately after the Lok Sabha assembled, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath announced that an inquiry into the allegations would be conducted by a retired judge. “I would like to inform the House that the government will appoint a retired judge to hold an inquiry into the media reports concerning Wal-Mart. We will make this a time-bound inquiry.”

As members like Sudip Bandyopadhyay of the Trinamool Congress asked for clarification on whether a Supreme Court or a High Court judge would conduct the inquiry, Kamal Nath urged them to come up with suggestions. “You give me your suggestions outside (the Lower House). We have no problem in getting the inquiry conducted by a retired judge,” Nath said.

Shailendra Kumar of the Samajwadi Party suggested the government to appoint a retired Supreme Court judge.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
Two peacocks in a mid-flight at the Rastrapati Bhawan in New Delhi...

Two peacocks in a mid-flight at the Rastrapati Bhawan in New Delhi...

Former Telecom Minister A Raja addresses the gathering at his book launch 'The 2G Saga...

Former Telecom Minister A Raja addresses the gathering at his book launch 'The 2G Saga...

Police personnel stand guard near the premises of Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya...

Police personnel stand guard near the premises of Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya...

STF personnel recover gold after a raid which resulted in arrest of most wanted criminal Subodh...

STF personnel recover gold after a raid which resulted in arrest of most wanted criminal Subodh...

Former Miss Earth Nicole Faria addresses the event for felicitation of 112 women achievers...

Former Miss Earth Nicole Faria addresses the event for felicitation of 112 women achievers...

Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai at an event to recognise 112 women achievers, to be honoured...

Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai at an event to recognise 112 women achievers, to be honoured...

A farmer burns the residue of her sugarcane crop at her farm on a cold foggy morning...

A farmer burns the residue of her sugarcane crop at her farm on a cold foggy morning...

Kite-enthusiasts display a kite with an image of Kulbhushan Jadhav during International Kite...

Kite-enthusiasts display a kite with an image of Kulbhushan Jadhav during International Kite...

Honey bees visit a flower near Vijay Chowk area in New Delhi...

Honey bees visit a flower near Vijay Chowk area in New Delhi...

A squirrel eats corn grains on a cold winter morning in Bhopal ...

A squirrel eats corn grains on a cold winter morning in Bhopal ...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.