“Sarkari Chakori Bill 2018” Raised in Parliament Providing Impunity to Government Employees: Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) Expresses Concern

Ain o Salish Kendra ASK expresses grave concern and protests over the final approval of the ‘Sarkari Chakori Bill 2018’ in the Parliament, in spite of, the various concerns and disquiet of the civil society and objections from the opposition in parliament and from other political parties. Moreover, the honourable President is also requested to abstain from signing the bill.
According to media sources, the ‘Sarkari Chakori Bill 2018’ was passed in the Parliament on 24 October 2018. In one section of the bill, it is mentioned that permission is required from the government or the employing authority to arrest any government employee before a charge sheet is lodged in court in a criminal offense related to carrying out his/her professional duties. When the bill is raised in the Parliament, a considerable number of opposition members of parliament (MPs) expressed their disapproval to this provision.
From the very beginning, civil society and human rights organisations organizations have been expressing their serious concern regarding this provision. Even before the bill is was raised in the Parliament ASK demanded for further scrutiny of the bill through their press statement. But However, the bill is has been passed in the Parliament without paying any heed to these concerns and trepidations. ASK is reiterating its concern that the particular provision is against the interests of the nation, hence, completely unacceptable. Opposition members of parliament rightly highlighted the fact that, this provision is contradictory to our Constitution, as according to the Constitution, every citizen is equal before the law of the country. ASK strongly states that, this kind of provision will patronize misuse of power in administration and will impede good governance, anti-corruption efforts and protecting human rights. ASK is directing its earnest request to the honourable President to abstain from signing the bill and send it back for further scrutiny and discussion with the various stakeholders.