Raising the issue Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) said, "how can a Cabinet Minister openly support the Maoists," he asked, prompting protest from three Ministers belonging to Trinamool Congress.
However, Mukul Roy, a Minister of State, kept objecting the issue.
S S Ahluwalia (BJP) also opposed interventions by the TMC ministers, particularly Roy and Dinesh Trivedi, who are not members of the Rajya Sabha.
Yechury continued saying, Railway Minister defended her statement describing Azad's killing as murder. "This is matter of grave Constitutional propriety.
Refusing to accept the statement of Yechury, State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prithviraj Chavan said,"nothing of this sort happened".
This prompted Yechury to say, "The manner in which the minister replied shows that he himself is not convinced." He said a TMC member had given a privilege notice against Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley for his remarks last week on the issue.