Maritime Admiralty Bill passed by Lok Sabha in Day 10 of the Budget session

Day 10 of the Budget session, whose second part began on March 9, 2017, the Lok Sabha passed the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims), 2016 that seeks to repeal laws such as the Admiralty Court Act, 1861, the Colonial Courts of Admiralty Act, 1890.

With that we conclude our live coverage of today’s proceedings in Parliament. Let’s meet again on March 14. The Lok Sabha Secretary-General reports the passage of the Enemy Property Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The House stands adjourned till March 14.

The Lok Sabha passes the Maritime Admiralty Bill, which seeks to consolidate the existing laws on civil matters of admiralty jurisdiction of courts, proceedings on maritime claims and arrest of ships. The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims), 2016 seeks to repeal laws such as the Admiralty Court Act, 1861, the Colonial Courts of Admiralty Act, 1890.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh says the House should vote on the Bill as Arun Jaitley, as Leader of the House, has spoken on the government’s behalf. The Bill passed with only Treasury benches present. The House adjourns till March 15.

The Rajya Sabha takes up Enemy Property Bill after an appeal by Mr. Jailtley that the ordinance will lapse. A request from Jairam Ramesh, citing empty Opposition benches is not entertained by the Chair. The House witnesses walkouts by T.K. Rangarajan and Mr. Ramesh, with the latter citing lack of members present.

Mr. Chandrasekhar, the sponsor of the bill, is called to speak. The utility of the Bill is that Parliament, for the first time, is taking it up in the last seven decades, he says. Parliament has the role to send out a message when the executive is doing nothing is the moot point of the Bill, he says. We have only two options: Candle or surgical strikes, he adds. On the point of declaring Cuba and Israel, he says ”they haven’t attacked us and the clear and present danger for India is Pakistan.”

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