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Rajasthan govt tables Criminal Laws Bill amid Opposition protests

Meanwhile, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Rajasthan High Court challenging the validity of the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance which was earlier promulgated by the Rajasthan government.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 23, 2017 12:57 pm
vasundhara raje Rajashtan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje

Amid the Opposition protests led by the Congress party, the Rajasthan government Monday tabled Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill in the assembly. The House was later adjourned for the day.

The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2017 amends the Criminal Code of Procedure, 1973 and also bars the media from naming the public servant till the Rajasthan government allows the case to be investigated.

The Bill by the Vasundhara Raje government seeks to protect both serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants from investigation for on-duty action without the state government’s prior sanction

Meanwhile, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Rajasthan High Court challenging the validity of the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance which was earlier promulgated by the Rajasthan government. Senior Lawyer AK Jain filed the plea, saying the ordinance was a ‘licence to commit crime, and that it was arbitrary and malafide’.

Late Sunday night, the state government said in a release that there was no provision in the ordinance to protect corrupt officials.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday hit out at Raje, reminding the chief minister that the year was “2017, not 1817”. “Madam Chief Minister, with all humility we are in the 21st century. It’s 2017, not 1817,” Gandhi tweeted.

The Editor’s Guild expressed ‘deep concern’ over the ordinance promulgated by the Rajasthan government.

“(It) was ostensibly done to protect the judiciary and the bureaucracy against false FIRs. But in reality it is a pernicious instrument to harass the media, hide wrongful acts by government servants and drastically curb the freedom of the press guaranteed by the Constitution of India. The Editors Guild wants the Rajasthan Government to immediately withdraw the ordinance and desist from making it into law,” read a statement signed by Guild president Raj Chengappa, general secretary Prakash Dubey and treasurer Kalyani Shankar.

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    Arun Guha
    Oct 25, 2017 at 1:05 am
    I seriously thinks she has mentally 'lost it' to propose/enact this legislation . Now everyone is sure she is trying to cover up some serious scams!.
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      K.S.Nayak
      Oct 24, 2017 at 5:32 am
      Vasundhara the CM. Is herself involved in mining corruption.Rightly she has brought the legislation to protect one and all corrupt officials and ministers.It is shocking that our champion organist corruption is silent so also against CM MP in Vyapam scandal of the century.It appears Gujerat is readying for dethroning the ruling party.The coming events cast shadow and perhaps as he came will go back.Perhaps then they will get back what they have given to opponents.God. Bless Bharat.
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        Shanks
        Oct 23, 2017 at 8:18 pm
        I thought job of the elected government is to legislate laws to protect the citizens. Here is a BJP government has which thinks its job is to protect corrupt and criminals among the ruling elite. Congratulations BJP. No other party in a democratic country will dream of such shameful act. Welcome to the rule of thugs / criminals/ and the corrupt. Why is MODI silent. Has been ordered to keep his trap shut by high command RSS.
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          Anil
          Oct 23, 2017 at 8:40 pm
          By the svayamsevis!
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        2. Sudarshan Nityananda
          Oct 23, 2017 at 7:53 pm
          It's obvious that the CM and her cronies anti te being exposed in some major scam , about which we have not yet heard. Hence the need to build a legal firewall to protect herself and all the corrupt BJP leaders and officers who are involved. What's the difference between this State and nations like Libya, Angola, ZImbabwe ? IN fact Raje can go on a study tour of Zimbabwe and learn at the feet of the most venal ruler of them all- Robert Mugabe.
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            harun
            Oct 23, 2017 at 7:34 pm
            People of Rajasthan and India knew what they are voting for,why make it a issue.Soon RTI will be withdrawn.
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