A lawyer, AK Jain, has filed a public interest litigation in the Rajasthan High Court against the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, even as it was tabled in the state Assembly on Monday, ANI reported.
The Ordinance bars courts from taking up cases of corruption against public servants, including legislators, minister and officials, without the government’s sanction. It also bans the media from naming the public servant till it allows the case to be investigated.
Promulgated by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Rajasthan government on September 7, the Ordinance was expected to be passed by the Assembly on Monday. However, the Assembly was suspended Monday after protests from the Congress.
Under the Ordinance, the government gets 60 days to decide whether a court should hear a matter against a public servant. “No magistrate shall order an investigation nor will any investigation be conducted against a person, who is or was a judge or a magistrate or a public servant,” the Ordinance states.