Congress Protests Against Ordinance Shielding CM, MLAs, Ministers, Babus, Centre Backs it; Rajasthan Assembly Adjourned Till Tuesday
Jaipur, October 23: The Rajasthan state Assembly was adjourned till Tuesday following protests over the controversial immunity ordinance of the Vasundhara Raje government. The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) ordinance was tabled in the Assembly by Rajasthan Home Minster Gulab Chand Kataria stating the necessity behind bringing the ordinance.
There was an uproar over the ordinance with Congress MLAs protesting against the tabling of the Bill seeking to provide immunity to sarpanches, MLAs, Ministers, Chief Minister, judges, magistrates from being probed. Led by Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot, party leaders marched from the state Assembly to Raj Bhavan protesting against the Bill.
“We were doing a peaceful march to Guv house in Jaipur against the ordinance. We have been detained by police. We will continue to fight and protest against this,” Pilot said.
Defending the ordinance, MoS Law and Justice PP Chaudhary said, “This is a perfect and balanced law. Rights of media and individual are being taken care of in this ordinance.”
Even senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narpat Singh Rajvi opposed the ordinance. “Such a draconian bill should not be brought in, will raise this in a meet today,” Rajvi said.
Senior Lawyer in Rajasthan High Court AK Jain has filed PIL in the court against the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance.
On Sunday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at Raje over the ordinance, pointing out that the year was “2017, not 1817”. “Madam Chief Minister, with all humility we are in the 21st century. It’s 2017, not 1817,” Rahul tweeted.
The Controversial Ordinance
Earlier, the state government had passed an ordinance which seeks to protect both serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in Rajasthan from being investigated for on-duty action without its prior sanction.
The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, promulgated on September 7, also sought to bar the media from reporting on accusations till the sanction to proceed with the probe was obtained.
The ordinance, which provides 180 days immunity to the officers, reads, “No magistrate shall order an investigation nor will any investigation be conducted against a person, who is or was a judge or a magistrate or a public servant.” If there is no decision on the sanction request post the stipulated time period, it will automatically mean that sanction has been granted.
The ordinance amends the Criminal Code of Procedure, 1973 and also seeks curb on publishing and printing or publicising in any case the name, address, photograph, family details of the public servants.
Violating the clause would call for two years imprisonment.
With inputs from PTI