P Rajeev tables Lok Ayukta Amendment Bill, Satheesan says it violates separation of power

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Thiruvananthapuram: Minister of Law P Rajeev presented the Lok Ayukta Amendment Bill in the Kerala Legislative Assembly on Tuesday. The opposition raised its dissent against the bill. Opposition leader VD Satheesan argued that the amendment which gives power to the government to discard the verdict of Lok Ayukta is an infringement to the judiciary.

By stating the amendment as dishonour to the Assembly, the opposition leader challenged the legal and constitutional validity of the Bill. He noted that the amendment violated the Supreme Court orders which substantiate the doctrine of separation of power. He questioned how the executive could be allowed to snatch the powers of the judiciary.

VD Satheesan criticised CPI for supporting the amendments introduced in an act which was passed during the tenure of E Chandrasekharan as the Minister of Law.

Meanwhile, P Rajeev retaliated to the remarks of VD Satheesan. The government has received the legal advice that the current provisions in the Lok Ayukta Act are unconstitutional. The latest amendments are introduced in view of this. The facility to reexamine and rectify the system is a part of natural justice, said the minister.

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