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Sachin Pilot challenges Rajasthan govt's ordinance in HC

By Vikas

Congress leader Sachin Pilot has challenged Vasundhara Raje-led government's ordinance seeking to protect public servants, judges and magistrates from investigation in the Rajasthan High Court.

Congress leader Sachin Pilot

Pilot, who is Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee president, has moved a writ petition in the High Court against Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, promulgated on September 6.

The petition states that the ordianance violates Article 14 (right to equality) and Article 19 (1) (a) (freedom of speech and expression) of the Constitution.

Two PILs and a writ petition have already been filed in the Rajasthan High Court against the ordinance.

Amidst the criticism and some legal action, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje earlier showed signs of a re-think on the ordinance.

Raje also held meetings with senior bureaucrats late on Monday evening. It is said that the ordinance may be re-worked.

The Ordinance which prohibits investigations into allegations against current and former judges, magistrates and civil servants without previous permission, was put into effect on September 7.

Defending the government, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria had on Sunday told that there was no provision in the ordinance which will weaken action against corrupt officers.

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