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Rajasthan govt brings ordinance to shield judges, bureaucrats from probe

The ordinance amends the Criminal Code of Procedure, 1973 and also seeks curb on publicising in any case name, address, photograph etc

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Vasundhara Raje

The government has passed an which seeks to protect both serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in from being investigated for on-duty action without its prior sanction.

The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, promulgated on September 7, also seeks to bar the media from reporting on accusations till the sanction to proceed with the probe is obtained.

"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," reads the which provides 180 days immunity to the officers.

If there is no decision on the sanction request post the stipulated time period, it will automatically mean that sanction has been granted.

The 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.

First Published: Fri, October 20 2017. 22:15 IST