“We are in the 21st century. It’s 2017, not 1817”: Rahul Gandhi to Vasundhara Raje

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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday took a swipe at Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over a controversial ordinance, pointing out that the year was “2017, not 1817”.

Rahul Gandhi

“Madam Chief Minister, with all humility we are in the 21st century. It’s 2017, not 1817,” Gandhi tweeted.

Rahul Gandhi tagged a news report titled Rajasthan ordinance is against free speech, say legal experts . The report was about the new ordinance passed by the Vasundhara government making itself immune from any prosecution in the event its officers, judges or magistrates were found to be accused of corruption.

According to the ordinance, media outlets too could not report the allegations of corruptions against the magistrates, judges or civil servants until at least six months since the complaints have been registered. The ordinance effectively prohibited an investigation without prior sanction against judicial officers and public servants and also restricted the media.

The state government said in a release last night there was no provision in the ordinance to protect corrupt officials.

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