Rajasthan govt likely to replace controversial ordinance with bill

Stringer India  Reuters                       Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje

Stringer India Reuters Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje

If Vasundhara Raje government is seen standing up with "corrupt" public servants, it shouldn't come as a surprise because the ordinance seeking to protect civil servants from investigation or hide their identity is not the first such attempt.

The PUCL said the "true intention" of the amendments "is to place an complete embargo" on, or "ban" judicial magistrates from ordering the police to investigate complaints about public servants' offences - "or worse, from any investigation being conducted against the said public servant.except without the previous sanction of the government under sec".

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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. Whether it be a complaint against an official servant regarding mistake in Adhar card, or even if he demands or accepts a bribe or any other fault during the tenure of his duty, complaints against the Rajasthan government officials will only be registered after it gets the permission from the Raje government. These provisos are applicable to both serving and retired public servants. However, this ordinance also provides an immunity of 180 days or 6 months to the accused officers or judges. It seeks to amend provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure as well as the Indian Penal Code to the aforementioned effect.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the Rajasthan governments decison which protects public servants from media and public scrutiny.

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He said a bill would be introduced in the Assembly session beginning on Monday to replace the ordinance.

State Congress president Sachin Pilot said, "The move is meant to protect officials from allegations since the BJP government is "neck-deep in corruption".

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The Congress is also opposing the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 bill and likely to raise issues like "deteriorating" law and order, swine flu and dengue deaths. The State is the fountainhead of corruption and the wheels of corruption move only with the complicity of government officials. Special Secretary, Home (Law), Devendra Dixit, told The Hindu that the new provisions had been made to protect "honest public servants acting in good faith".

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