October 17, 2012

Immunity provisions questioned: Ghai

17:05 Tue Oct 16, 2012
Report by: Devendra Narayan

Some members of the public have raised concerns about an immunity decree in their submissions to the Constitution Commission.

And Commission chairperson Professor Yash Ghai says some people feel issues related to the provisions of immunity should be debated.

“Most people were realistic, any regime anywhere in the world will not give away powers unless they have an assurance for immunity, people are concerned that it is not for public debate or consultation, they said there should be a process of truth and reconciliation and that process can also deal with immunity.”

Professor Ghai says he initially thought the issue had been exaggerated.

“I thought maybe it is not so necessary but in view of wide spread request there is a need to consider it very seriously.”

The Commission concluded receiving submissions from the public yesterday.

It expects to have a draft Constitution by the end of the year.

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