Rajasthan govt passes ordinance that seeks to protect judges, babus from probe


The Vasundhara Raje government has passed Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, which seeks to protect both serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in Rajasthan from being investigated for on-duty action without its prior sanction. The Ordinance also seeks to bar the media from reporting on accusations till the sanction to proceed with the probe is obtained.

The ordinance provides 180 days immunity to the officers, during which 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. If there is no decision on the sanction request post the stipulated time period, it will automatically mean that sanction has been granted.

The ordinance amends the Criminal Code of Procedure, 1973 and also seeks curb on publishing and printing or publicising in any case the name, address, photograph, family details of the public servants. Violating the clause would call for two years imprisonment.