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Kapil Sibal defends ordinance on convicted MPs, MLAs
TNN | Sep 26, 2013, 06.17 AM IST
BATHINDA: Defending the Union cabinet decision to clear an ordinance to neutralize the Supreme Court's order mandating immediate disqualification of MPs and members of state legislatures convicted for offences carrying a sentence of two years or more, Union law and justice minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said the ordinance was stricter than the apex court decision.
Refuting allegations that the ordinance was to protect a select few, Sibal said the UPA government did not want to favour the convicted persons with the ordinance but it was of the view that if the conviction was stayed by the higher court within 90 days the elected representative should not be disqualified.
The government also wants the elected representatives' perks withheld and he/she should not have the voting right till exonerated. Interacting with members of the district bar association here on Wednesday, Sibal said the need to issue the ordinance arose as passing the bill in the Parliament was delayed. "Before tabling the bill on convicted representatives, I held talks with leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely and he had given his consent but when the bill was tabled the BJP started opposing it and it could not be passed," he said.
Apart from defending the ordinance, the Union law minister also stressed the need to streamline judicial appointment commission. Attacking the present justice delivery system, Sibal said the present collegium needed to be changed forthwith. Sibal candidly confessed that everybody knows the judicial system has miserably failed to save itself from corruption charges and nepotism. The charges of "uncle judges", "practising relatives" is also denting the image of the judiciary, he said.
Need to turn Gujrat into India
Without naming Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, Sibal said some people have started a debate and are trying to turn India into Gujarat whereas the need is to turn Gujarat into India. He also termed the BJP in general and Narendra Modi in particular as 'nirantar virodhi'.
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