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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis promises new bill to protect Journalists

  • Hiral Patel
  • July 24, 2015
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has sought a bill to stop attacks on Journalists, the first draft of which will be ready in a months’ time. The CM said,

I am positive about formulating a law to prevent attacks on journalists. The first draft of the Bill will be ready in a month’s time and will be available for suggestions and objections.

The Chief Minister has assured that the opinion of senior lawyers would be taken into consideration to make the proposed law foolproof. “The previous government had neither accepted nor rejected the recommendations of the Rane Committee,” he said.

Journalist organizations complained that their views were not sought while framing the recommendations. The CM said that the report of a cabinet sub-committee led by former Chief Minister Narayan Rane would be rejected in the cabinet and a proposal to this effect would be brought in the cabinet meeting after the ongoing Monsoon Session of the State Legislature concludes.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the existing IPC provisions are bailable and non-cognizable.

“The special Act will make attack on journalists a non-bailable and cognizable offence,” he added.

This is an unprecedented move by the CM of Maharashtra as political leaders are generally at loggerheads with Journalists.

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