September 22, 2015 2:46:03 am
The Rajasthan Assembly Monday managed to pass three bills —- Prisons (Amendment) Bill, Rajasthan Police (Amendment) Bill and Rajasthan Vexatious Litigation (Prevention) Bill —- amid disruptions by the Opposition demanding the Chief Minister’s resignation over corruption allegations.
The Prison (Amendment) Bill is aimed at improving the efficiency of prisons and checking violence and gang wars, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said. During the debate on the bill, Kataria rejected a demand by independent MLA Manikchand Surana to create a judicial commission to look into the condition of jails. Surana also demanded an inquiry headed by a high court judge into the recent escape of alleged gangster Anandpal Singh and two others from police custody.
Kataria rejected this, saying the government had already appointed a commissionerate inquiry. The report will be submitted in two months and the House will be duly informed, the minister added.
Accepting that Anandpal’s escape was a blot on the reputation of the police, Kataria assured the House that he would be apprehended. He added that the prison bill provides for stricter arrangements when a prisoner is taken to court. Prisoners on parole who do not present themselves in front of the designated officers will face additional punishment.
Regarding the Rajasthan Police (Amendment) Bill, Kataria said it provides for a fine of Rs 500 for anyone who creates a nuisance on the road and obstructs or injures a person or property. For the second incidence, the fine will be Rs 5,000 and for the third incidence Rs 10,000 and eight days’ jail.
The Assembly passed the Rajasthan Vexatious Litigation Act (Prevention) Act without any discussion and amid sloganeering by the Congress in the well of the House. Rajasthan became the fifth state after Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Madhya Pradesh to pass such a legislation. Law Minister Rajendra Rathod said the progressive bill would go a long way in reducing wasteful litigations.
During the Congress members’ protest in the well, Deputy Speaker Rao Rajendra Singh noticed an Opposition member clicking a selfie on a mobile phone and issued a warning to Leader of Opposition Rames-hwar Dudi.
Mobile phones are prohibited in the House.
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