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Rajasthan Government introduces bill prohibiting probes against judges, officers without sanction

Rajasthan Government has introduced The Code of Criminal Procedure (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the state assembly to protect both serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in state from being investigated for on-duty action without its prior sanction. The bill replaces Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 promulgated in this regard.

Features of Bill

The Bill prevents courts from taking up private complaints against both serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in state for on-duty action without its prior sanction. It also bars media from reporting on such matters involving accusations against public servants until sanction to proceed with probe is obtained.

The bill amends Criminal Code of Procedure (CrPC), 1973. It curbs publishing and printing or publicising in any case the name, address, photograph, family details of the public servants.

It make additions to sections 156 (3) and 190 (1) of CrPC which empower a magistrate to take cognizance of an offence and order an investigation. It provides 180 days immunity to officers as it has provision mentioning no magistrate can order an investigation nor will any investigation be conducted against person who is or was a judge or a magistrate or a public servant.

Its violation will call for two years imprisonment. If there is no decision on the sanction request post the stipulated time period (180 days), it will automatically mean that sanction has been granted.

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Cabinet approves Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017

The Union Cabinet has approved introduction of Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Parliament subject to modifications of drafting as may be considered necessary by Legislative Department. The Bill seeks to amend the Dentists Act, 1948 to include certain modifications in order to reduce the redundancy.

The amendment in Act include modifications in provisions of

  • Membership of Dental Council of India under clause (f) of section 3 of parent Act
  • Membership of State and Joint State Dental Councils under clause (b) of section 21 and clause (b) of section 23 of parent Act

Background

According to provision in Dentists Act, 1948, it was mandatory to have representation of dentists registered in Part B as Central Government nominees in Dental Council of India. Moreover, it also required election of four to two members from Part B to State/Joint State Dental Councils. However, in recent time this provision has lost its relevance. In order to reduce redundancy of provisions of their representation, Central Government has decided to delete these provisions so that their representation does not remain mandatory any more.

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