Special Courts Bill to be sent for President's nod
April, 17th 2012
The 'Rajasthan Special Courts Bill-2012', which was passed in the state assembly earlier this week, would be sent for President's assent within a week.
The bill has time-bound provisions to ensure effective curb on corruption. Under the Act, the state government, for speedy trial of offences, shall establish as many 'special courts' as considered adequate. It covers grade four employees of the state government, chief minister and the officials from judiciary. The bill will be soon sent for the President's nod.
"The legislation brings everyone who draws salary from the government, from fourth grade employees to the Chief Minister, under its purview. The disproportionate assets or properties will not be transferred or sold and such transfer or sale will be null and void if such asset or property or both are subsequently confiscated to the state government," said the official release.
However, if the public servant is acquitted by the special court or the confiscation is annulled by the high court, the confiscated property will be returned to the person affected with an interest of 5%.
The Opposition along with the ruling party admired the legislation in the state assembly and termed it as a milestone in checking corruption.
According to the willingness of the CM a bill was brought in the state cabinet meeting which was held on March 1, 2012. Within a month after CM first mentioned it in the ACB officials' meeting. The cabinet gave its approval to the bill. The commitment of the state government came to the fore when this bill was passed in the current session of the assembly.
After the initiative of the Chief Minister, the cabinet gave approval to the draft of the Transparency Act. The bill regarding this is to be presented in the state assembly. The bill regarding right to hearing is also under process.