Passing Bills Without Discussion Recipe for Bad Laws, Invites Judicial Intervention – By P.D.T. Achary
In the midst of noisy protests staged by the opposition in both houses of parliament, the government introduces Bills and gets them passed within minutes. In normal times, each important Bill is discussed for a few hours before it is passed. Earlier, in fact, most important Bills used to be scrutinised by standing committees before they were brought back to the house to be passed.
The committees’ detailed scrutiny always improves Bills, because the process is rigorous and exhaustive…. Experience shows that the government immensely benefits from this detailed scrutiny. A much-refined Bill results in a better law and, in the long run, as Chief Justice N.V. Ramana said recently, less litigation too. The people need better laws, and parliament owes it to them.
Now, think about the alternative scenario ― a Bill introduced in the midst of din and passed within a few minutes. No one in the house knows what the Bill is about…. This is certainly going to affect citizens because an unscrutinised Bill may retain harmful provisions….