Pilot files writ in HC against immunity bill

Jaipur, Oct 26: Congress Party in Rajasthan is no mood to relent or let go off the opportunity of taking dig at the ruling BJP.
Protesting against the Rajasthan government’s Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance 2017, Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot moved the Jaipur bench of Rajasthan High Court against the ordinance today.
Pilot’s petition says that the ordinance, promulgated in September, violates Article 14 (right to equality) and Article 19 (1) (a) (freedom of speech and expression) of the Constitution. Congress legislators had vehemently opposed the bill when it was tabled in the Rajasthan Assembly on Monday.
After the Assembly session was adjourned on Monday, Pilot and several party leaders were detained by the Rajasthan police for taking out a protest march against the bill.
Pilot wrote on his Twitter handle on Sunday that Congress would “vehemently” oppose the bill, both in the state Assembly and outside.
According to the ordinance, serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in the state cannot be investigated for on-duty alleged offences without the prior sanction of the Rajasthan government.
In addition, it seeks to bar the media from reporting on accusations till the sanction is obtained and provide a 180-day immunity to the public servants. If no decision on the sanction is taken within this period, then the sanction is deemed to have been granted.
The ordinance amends the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and also puts a curb on publishing and printing the name, address, photograph, family details of the public servants in media reports. Violating the clause would call for up to two years imprisonment, as also a fine.

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