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Lawyers boycott court work to protest Raje govt’s gag ordinance

Lawyers boycotted court work in several cities of Rajasthan on Tuesday to protest against the controversial ordinance that shields public servants from probe without the government’s approval.

jaipur Updated: Oct 24, 2017 20:58 IST
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Lawyers burnt an effigy of chief minister Vasundhara Raje in Alwar and skipped court work as part of a statewide stir to demand withdrawal of the ordinance that shields public servants from probe without the government’s approval.
Lawyers burnt an effigy of chief minister Vasundhara Raje in Alwar and skipped court work as part of a statewide stir to demand withdrawal of the ordinance that shields public servants from probe without the government’s approval. (HT Photo )

Lawyers boycotted court work in several cities of Rajasthan on Tuesday to protest against the controversial ordinance that shields public servants from probe without the government’s approval.

The BJP government tabled the Rajasthan Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2017 in the assembly on Monday, but was forced to refer it to a select committee after protests.

Members of the district advocates’ bar association in Jaipur demonstrated outside the collectorate and submitted a memorandum to the collector.

“In the memorandum addressed to the district collector, chief minister, governor and president of India, we have demanded the immediate withdrawal of the bill,” said Sunil Sharma, president of the association.

Lawyers of Kota boycotted judicial work and formed a human chain to protest against the bill. The lawyers assembled on the district and sessions court campus under the aegis of the Kota Bar Association.

Led by association president Naveen Sharma and general secretary Mahesh Kumar Gautam, they raised slogans against the Rajasthan government and chief minister Vasundhara Raje over the bill.

Demanding withdrawal of the bill, the lawyers later submitted a memorandum to the Kota collector, addressed to the Governor.

“It is a draconian law in which amendment to the section 156(3) of CrPC has been done to provide immunity to the public servants to encourage corruption. Also clause ‘B’ has been added in the section 228 to encroach upon freedom of speech,” Sharma said.

Protests also erupted in Alwar. On the court campus, the district bar association first organised a protest march and later handed over a memorandum to the Alwar district magistrate in the name of the President. The protesters also burnt an effigy of Raje.

“The bill is against the freedom of expression of the people, Alwar Bar Association secretary Sanjeev Karagwal told HT.