This year on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day celebrations held at the Supreme Court lawns, Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana lamented the “sorry state of affairs” of lawmaking and parliamentary debate in the country.
The uncouth dance of democracy, choreographed against the backdrop of Pegasus and the demand for scrapping farm laws, was rehearsed while throwing the rule book at the Chair and finally executed, in protest against the passage of the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021.
The plea in Supreme Court seeks guidelines to the government for creating rules for defining a strict time-frame and should be followed by the speaker of a State Legislative Assembly and by the Chairman of the state Legislative Council.
The Congress MP’s suggestion to allow the Standing Committee to “examine” the laws may be misplaced as it can only examine Bills, not Acts. It is prudent to wait for the report of the panel ordered by the apex court.
The Rajya Sabha today passed the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021 introduced to extend the time period allowed for the Government to regularise unauthorised colonies by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs of India.