Sachin Pilot challenges Rajasthan gag and shield ordinance in High Court
With this five petitions have been filed against The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance-2017. The Jaipur bench will hear them on FridayUpdated: Oct 26, 2017 18:52 IST
Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot Thursday filed a writ petition in the High Court demanding quashing of a controversial ordinance that shields public servants, judges and magistrates from investigation without prior sanction from the state government.
With this six petitions have been filed against The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance-2017. The Jaipur bench will hear them on Friday.
A Bill, tabled by the Rajasthan government on the first day of the ongoing session Assembly session to replace the controversial ordinance, was referred to a select committee of the House following protests from several quarters.
The ordinance, promulgated on September 7, remains in force for six weeks.
“We have urged the court to direct the Rajasthan government to withdraw the ordinance. By introducing such ordinance, the government is violating Article 14 (right to equality), 19(freedom of speech), and 21 (protection of life and liberty) of the Constitution,” Pilot said.
The Congress leader said that after facing severe criticism and protests, the government, “to save its face”, has referred the Bill to select committee, but the ordinance still remains in force.
The government, he said, wants to create a “kala kanoon (black law)” by tabling unconstitutional bills. “The whole country has criticized the bill, which has provisions to shield corrupt and violates rights of public, media and judiciary,” he added.
He further said that referring the bill to select committee shows that it was tabled in House with incomplete preparation.
“It is unfortunate that there has been a deadlock in the assembly for the last three days where Congress MLAs are on dharna demanding complete loan waiver. The BJP government has failed to run the House as per the rules,” he said.
In a jibe at chief minister Vasundhara Raje, Pilot said that it was surprising that she was claiming to win the upcoming bypolls to two Lok Sabha and on assembly seat through booth management. If that’s the mantra than why did the BJP lose last three bypolls, he asked. “In view of the bypolls in Ajmer, the CM in last 15 days have visited the district seven times making announcements to misguide people. She claims to win polls by strengthening booth management, but in reality they had won Dholpur bypolls with money, power and misuse of administration,” Pilot alleged.
He also asked CM to state why BJP lost the Nasirabad bypolls and what was she doing in Dholpur on the polling day in violation of the election code of conduct.
First Published: Oct 26, 2017 18:23 IST