Why is the Rajasthan government suddenly doing a rethink on the controversial gag bill?
It is being said that after the uproar, backlash and PILs filed against the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) ordinance, the government has decided to refer the ordinance to a Select Committee, which in all probability will remove the media gag order from the ordinance, rework it to dilute the ire against it.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who became the hit target on social media for introducing the ordinance, seem to have lost ground.
Raje called a meeting of her senior ministers asked them to do a rethink on the ordinance as most legal experts say it would not stand the test in court.
Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, Rajendra Rathore, BJP State President Ashok Parnami, Yunus Khan and Arun Chaturvedi attended the meet.
The government on Monday had tabled a controversial bill that seeks to shields public servants and judges from prosecution and bars the media from reporting on allegations against them without its prior sanction sparking a legal challenge and protests inside and outside the Assembly.
The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, was promulgated on September 7.
“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,” states the ordinance which also provides 180 days immunity to the officers.