Under criticism from all quarters, the Rajasthan government appears to be pressing ahead with its contentious ordinance that seems to be shielding ministers, elected representatives and government officials from investigation. However, the issue has not gone unchallenged and has been challenged in High Court by a lawyer who says it gives a “large section of the society the license to commit crime” and also protects offenders. An ordinance or executive order put out last month by the Vasundhara Raje government stops courts from taking up complaints against public servants without the government’s approval. It also makes it a crime to name the minister, lawmaker or official against whom a complaint has been filed in the court. Despite the petition, the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance was introduced today in the state assembly, where the BJP has 162 of 200 seats, enough to push laws without hurdles.
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