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Murali Pillai on Coroners (Amendment) Bill

In Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 5), MP Murali Pillai sought clarification on a proposed change to the Coroners Act, vesting the Law Minister with the power to exempt certain deaths from the Act. He asked how this would square with the existing framework which gives the Public Prosecutor wide-ranging powers, including ordering a post-mortem and a Coroner’s Inquiry into the circumstances leading to death. Mr Murali said he was concerned about a situation where the Law Minister and Public Prosecutor did not agree on whether a death should be exempt from the Act. He asked if it would be preferable for the minister to only be allowed to exercise that power after the Public Prosecutor had consented.

In Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 5), MP Murali Pillai sought clarification on a proposed change to the Coroners Act, vesting the Law Minister with the power to exempt certain deaths from the Act. He asked how this would square with the existing framework which gives the Public Prosecutor wide-ranging powers, including ordering a post-mortem and a Coroner’s Inquiry into the circumstances leading to death. Mr Murali said he was concerned about a situation where the Law Minister and Public Prosecutor did not agree on whether a death should be exempt from the Act. He asked if it would be preferable for the minister to only be allowed to exercise that power after the Public Prosecutor had consented.

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