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Both Houses adjourned over PMO's letter to CBI

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New Delhi, Feb 23 (UNI) Both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha were adjourned for the day shortly after the two Houses re-assembled after lunch recess as BJP members created an uproar over the alleged interference by the Prime Minister's Office in the working of the CBI in a case involving Opposition Leader L K Advani.

In the Rajya Sabha, BJP members citing a media report which said the PMO had addressed a letter to the then CBI Director U S Mishra asking why an appeal was not made against Mr Advani's discharge in the Babri Masjid demolition case, stalled the proceedings twice before lunch.

No business could take place when the House reassembed at 1400 hrs and it was adjourned for the day.

In the Lok Sabha too, BJP members created noisy scenes demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manomohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for alleged government interference in the functioning of the CBI.

The Lower House had witnessed three adjournments earlier in the day on the same issue before it was adjourned the fourth time for the day.

The BJP members accused the government of ''double standards'', saying when the matter concerned the defreezing of the London bank accounts of Bofors accused Ottavio Quattrocchi, it had said it did not interfere with the working of the CBI, and now the PMO had written to the agency questioning its failure to appeal against the Mr Advani's discharge.

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