Rajasthan ordinace: Govt says no tolerance to corruption, move to prevent misuse
Drawing flak over a controversial ordinance protecting judges and bureaucrats from probe without prior sanction, the Vasundhara Raje government today said it maintains a zero tolerance policy towards corruption.
Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria told a press conference there was no provision in the ordinance which will weaken action against corrupt officers.
“The government maintains a zero tolerance policy towards corruption,” he said.
The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 amends the Criminal Code of Procedure, 1973 and also bars the media from naming the public servant till the Rajasthan government allows the case to be investigated.
Kataria said Rajasthan is not the only state to amend CrPC sections 156(3) and 190(1). The sections empower a magistrate to take cognizance of an offence and order an investigation.
“Maharashtra had amended the sections on December 23, 2015,” he said.
He said the only one aim of the ordinance is that people do not “misuse” section 156(3) to tarnish the image of honest officers by levelling baseless allegations.
From 2013 to 2017, 73 per cent people who were probed under section 156 (3) faced mental harassment although they were not guilty.
It does not mean that cases will not be registered against erring public servants through courts. The …read more