Drop draconian bill, chorus grows


Jaipur, Oct 25: Under fire from all sections, Vasundhara Raje government retracted and referred the Criminal Laws ((Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2017 to a select committee for detailed scrutiny of its provisions, a day after it was tabled in the Assembly.
Even though the bill has been deferred, lawyers, journalists and RTI activists want the draconian bill to be totally dropped and does not want that the bill be sent to the select committee.
The controversial bill that sought to protect public servants and judges from investigations has now been deferred four the moment, reportedly by nudge from central BJP leaders as well.
The select committee is likely to submit its report by the Budget session of the Assembly. It is likely to be headed by home minister Gulam Chand Kataria, who is supposedly piloting the bill. By then the controversial ordinance would have lapsed as it has a life of 42 days from the day it has was tabled in the House.
After the select committee will submits its report, the government will take a call on whether it wants to debate the bill in the House and move for its passage.

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