The Congress, supported by the Trinamool Congress and Janata Dal-United, on Tuesday forced four adjournments of the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha over what it called as “biggest scam of this century” in the printing of two different kinds of Rs 500 and 1000 notes.
The opposition’s allegation of two types of 500 rupee notes printed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) provoked a huge row in parliament today and also forced an adjournment in the Rajya Sabha.
“Today we have discovered why the government took the demonetisation decision. The RBI prints two types of currency notes. These are of different size and different design… how is it possible?” questioned Congress leader Kapil Sibal, waving a placard with the two notes.
“We never printed two kinds of notes, one for the party and one for the government – there are two kinds of Rs. 500 notes and two kinds of Rs. 2,000 notes,” his colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged.
The leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said “this is the biggest scam of this century.”
As Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi countered, Azad said two types of notes are being printed. “The government has no right to remain in office for even five minutes,” he said.
Mr. Jaitley later said he would verify the authenticity of the notes. “Given such a big print run there can be an odd case of a currency note being slightly bigger or not.
Finance Ministry sources say a slight variation in size and design of notes is possible and stress that the government has never asked for two different sets of notes to be printed.
“Different printing presses might have a slight variation in size and design. This does not mean there are two different sets of bank notes,” said the sources.