Jaipur, Oct 25 (IANS) The AAP protested here on Wednesday against the Rajasthan government’s Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, and said it would never allow its implementation.
“It is an unsuccessful attempt by the state’s BJP government to save corrupt officials,” Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi MLA Alka Lamba said. “We will oppose it and never allow it to be implemented.”
“It was to be implemented on an experimental basis in Rajasthan and later implemented across India. Though the move has been stopped for the present, there are rumours it will be re-introduced in the assembly’s budget session,” Lamba told the media here.
She said the ordinance was brought in a “completely unconstitutional and unconventional manner”.
Lamba said the AAP will come out with evidence against corrupt state officials in 40 days.
Police had a difficult time in dispersing AAP supporters protesting in the Civil Lines area here while they were trying to move towards the Chief Minister’s residence.
“Lamba and a few other AAP supporters were detained and the protesters dispersed by use of civil force,” Yogesh Goyal, Jaipur (South) Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, told IANS.
The Rajasthan government on Tuesday referred to a select committee of the assembly the controversial Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill.
On Monday, ignoring criticism from various quarters, the Bharatiya Janata Party government headed by Vasundhara Raje tabled the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill in the assembly.
The bill seeks to protect serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in the state from being investigated for on-duty actions, without prior sanction. It also bars the media from reporting on such accusations till the sanction to proceed with the probe is given by the government.
The state government — through Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 — made amendments in the Criminal Procedure code, 1973, and the Indian Penal Code, 1980, in September to this end.
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