Rajasthan CM Raje gives in to pressure, refers gag bill to select committee

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Rajasthan CM Raje gives in to pressure, refers gag bill to select committee

The controversial Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 filed by the Rajasthan government in the state assembly will now be sent to a select committee for review.

In a latest development, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje has decided to send the infamous gag ordinance to a select commmittee in the Rajasthan Assembly.

Gulab Chand Kataria, Rajasthan's home minister hinted towards the bill being sent to a select committee last night. CM Raje met with her ministers last evening to decide the course of action for the bill.

Rajasthan BJP Chief, Ashok Parnami speaking to India Today said, "the decision on the bill will be taken inside the house. Once the bill is tabled in the assembly, it cannot be decided upon outside the house."

The bill is not withdrawn as of now, as the Rajasthan assembly was adjourned yesterday.

Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan PCC Chief, speaking about the bill being sent to a select committee said, "Select Committee will decide whether the Bill will be withdrawn or not. Our demand is that the Bill will be withdrawn. We will not let the Bill go through in any way. It (the rethink) is a victory of freedom of speech."

The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance was tabled in the Rajasthan assembly prohibiting magistrates from ordering the registration of FIRs, or from launching an investigation while deciding an application moved under Section 156 (3) of CrPC.

The bill met with widespread protests in the state. A PIL was also filed in the Rajasthan High Court challenging the ordinance.

(With inputs from Dev Ankur Wadhwan)