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Parliament may have a pre-monsoon session: Dasmunsi

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New Delhi, Mar 23 (UNI) Parliament may have a pre-monsoon session to enact important laws, including an amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to prevent witnesses turning hostile in the light of the Jessica Lal murder case, the government indicated today.

Announcing that the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) had decided to recommend that the Budget session Parliament, which adjourned sine die yesterday, be prorogued, Parliamentary Affairs Miinister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters that the government need not have to wait till July to convene the next session.

It was merely customary to describe Parliament sittings as Budget, Monsoon or Winter Sessions and there was no law in this regard, he pointed out.

Today's CCPA recommendation would be forwarded to President A P J Abdul Kalam through the offices of the presiding officers of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, the Minister said.

The CrPC amendment was to be carried out during the post-recess sitting of the Budget session, but this had to be done at some other time now in view of the two Houses adjourning sine die, he said.

Asked about the government's reported move to promulgate an ordinance to take some posts out of the purview of the offices of profit, Mr Dasmunsi said no proposal had been announced by him or the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

It was now upto the section of the media which had given ''speculative reports'' to decide ''how to take forward its reports,'' he said.

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