After Congress Protested against Ordinance, Rajasthan Assembly has been adjourned

The Rajasthan State assembly witnessed an uproar today. The Congress legislators were seen protesting the ordinance that is a Rajasthan Amendment regarding the tabling of Criminal Laws.

The Assembly had already expected these protests to happen and therefore it has been adjourned till tomorrow. As the Special Session began at the Assembly, the government under Vasundhara Raje looked concerned by the Congress legislators.

This backlash in the government is arising due to the transformation of Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 into an Act. The MLAs of the Congress resented this transformation and protested against it.

The current Ordinance prohibits any sort of investigation into allegations against former and current civil servants and magistrates without any prior permission. It was implemented and put to effect in the month of September, this year.

Justice PP Chaudhary, MoS Law said that the ordinance is both balanced as well as perfect. He also said that media and individual rights have been taken care of and this amendment is needed to maintain law and order.

PUCL commonly known as People’s Union for Civil Liberties has previously hit out at the government under VasundharaRaje because of this ordinance.

A statement was issued by PUCL that said that the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 was promulgated on 6th September, 2017 and got published on 7th September, 2017 in the Gazette. It is a sinister attempt of Rajasthan Government to abridge the fundamental right of expression and speech that has been guaranteed according to the Indian Constitution. In addition to this, it thwarts the right of the citizens to access the criminal justice system pertaining to complaints against law abuse by public servants. This has been done by introducing two provisions to Section 156(3) and Section 190 in the Code of Criminal Procedure.  A new offence has also been inserted in Penal Code.

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