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Rajasthan assembly adjourned amid uproar over bill that shields public servants

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February 1, 2018, 12:54 pm

Congress protest against the bill that sheilds public servants in Rajasthan

Congress party leaders and workers protesting against the bill that shields public servants from legal action. Image credit: Post Staff

Jaipur: Rajasthan state assembly was adjourned on Monday after the Opposition staged a walk out against the state government’s bill that shields public servants from legal action.

The state home minister Gulab Chand Kataria tabled the bill including the one that prohibits registration of FIRs against any public servant without prior permission from the government.

People can’t move to the court against any public servant nor can a judge take any decision against any serving or former judges, magistrates and public servants in the state.

The ordinance further mentions that at government level the competent authority will have to give the permission of investigation within 180 days. If there is no decision on the complaint within 180 days, the permission will be considered as granted. Only then an FIR can be registered against a government official.

Gulab Chand Kataria said that the bill was being tabled in the assembly so that any discrepancies or objects could be discussed.

The Opposition alleged that the government was enacting the bill to shield corruption politicians and officials. As the assembly session started, Congress MLAs started protest and staged a walk-out. The session was adjourned by the Speaker.

The ordinance passed by the state government is an amendment of the Criminal Code of Procedure, 1973 and also seeks to curb publishing and printing or publicising, in any case, the name, address, photograph, family details of the public servants.

The government is facing flak for implementing the law.

First published: October 23, 2017