Despite opposition by Congress and CPM, the Lok Sabha Monday passed a bill to repeal 90 obsolete laws with a voice-vote.
The Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, 2014, is aimed at doing away with enactments that have ceased to be in force or have become obsolete, and at correcting formal defects in laws.
Leading the charge, former Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said instead of rushing through the Bill could have referred to the Standing Committee. “This could be taken up together with the report of the Standing Committee on those 35 enactments passed in the Monsoon Session,” he added.
Warning against undue haste in passing this Bill, Moily said: “It is very risky. Sometimes, the law may be blind, but members cannot be blind. I think we need to make a serious exercise on a matter like this so that we do not regret for any mistake tomorrow.”
“There may be certain lacunae and discrepancies if we are going to pass this Bill in a haste. Through this even the Constitution can be changed,” CPM’s A Sampath said. “I may be permitted to express my disagreement because as a member of that Standing Committee, I have to uphold the dignity of the House.”
Replying to the discussion, Law Minister Sadanand Gowda said, “As far as this Bill is concerned, there are no principal Bills, only the amending Bills are taken into consideration. Hence, if there were any principal Acts, then what was suggested about referring this Bill to the Standing Committee, it would have had some value. But here, there is no principal Act. It is said by the Law Commission that these are obsolete and redundant and… should be taken away.”