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Congress will challenge MP’s Anti-Harassment Bill in Supreme Court
25-07-2015

BHOPAL: The Congress on Friday pulled Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for suppressing the voice of public through the anti-harassment bill passed by the state assembly recently. The Congress, which has been keeping up with its offensive against the state government over Vyapam Scandal, said that it would fight this law in the Supreme Court.

Madhya Pradesh assembly on Tuesday last had passed the Madhya Pradesh Tang Karne Wali Mukadmebaji (Nivaran) Vidheyak (Prevention of Harassing Legal Practices Bill 2015), with the justification that it will curb blackmailers from continuously disrupting developmental works and wasting the time of law courts.

Draft of the bill introduced in assembly stated, “If High Court agrees on an application filed by advocate general that a person has filed one or more civil or criminal cases against another person or several persons with the intention of harassment, then the High Court may direct that no court will register another civil or criminal case by the same complainant. Besides, all proceedings of petitions filed by him before the High Court direction will also be discontinued.”

Condemning the move, Congress leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare said that his party would challenge this bill in the Supreme Court as it overlooks the freedom of speech and expression of a common man. “In case a person is needy and state government is not heedful of the cause, will the High Court prevent the complainant from filing cases against corrupt officials?" he asked.

Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra said that when the centre has already implemented Whistle Blowers Protection Act, it is contrary to the government’s intention of protecting the interests of the informers. Taking a jibe at Chouhan, Mishra said that when there are allegations against the chief minister, the state government wants to implement anti-harassment bill against the complainants.

State parliamentary affairs minister Narottam Mishra, who looked relieved after the bill cleared in the assembly, said that some more states have already enacted such a law to protect government concern against vested interests. He said that this would not only save time of the court but also undue expenditure incurred on tackling petty issues.