‘Fadnavis himself should repeal this Act which protects the corrupt officials and ministers in the administration’
As Rajasthan witnesses uproar over an ordinance protecting public servants, Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra again demanded to repeal the similar statute, that is the Code of Criminal Procedure (Maharashtra Amendment) Act, 2015. The Amendment Act 2015 was published in the Maharashtra government gazette on 30 August, 2016. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that his party, since last two years, was demanding Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to repeal the Act as Fadnavis claimed that the BJP led state government believes in transparency.
Section 2 of the Act adds the following provision in the CrPC by Maharashtra Government— “Provided that no Magistrate shall order an investigation under this section against a person who is or was a public servant as defined under any law for the time being in force, in respect of the act done by such public servant while acting of purporting to act in the discharge of his official duties, except with the previous sanction under section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 or under any law for the time being in force.”
Terming the ordinance of Rajasthan as shield to protect corrupt officials, Malik said this ordinance will protect government officials, judges, secretary, MLA, MP, ministers and public servant. Similar statute was passed by the Maharashtra Government.
NCP leader said that the Act is in force since August 2016. The party had opposed the bill since it came for discussion before the state legislature.The bill was passed amidst pandemonium in the House.The Act provides security to the corrupt ministers, corrupt officers and the government machinery.
He also said, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis claims that his regime is transparent. If this is the case, Fadnavis himself should repeal this Act which protects the corrupt officials and ministers in the administration.
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