Justice minister doesn’t have power to fire ‘arbitrary Lakshman Rekha’, says Chidambaram

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While the Supreme Court suspended sedition law enforcementRijiju invoked “Lakshman Rekha” guiding different institutions, including the executive and the judiciary, and said no one should cross their “border”.

Reacting to his remarks, Chidambaram said India’s Justice Minister does not have the power to pull an “arbitrary Lakshman Rekha” and should read Article 13 of the Constitution.

“The legislature cannot make a law, nor can a law remain in the statute book, which violates fundamental rights. The Sedition Act, in the opinion of many legal scholars, violates Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution,” the former Union minister said on Twitter.

“All the king’s horses and all the king’s men cannot save this law,” Chidambaram said in a jab at the Center.

Congress on Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to suspend the sedition law, saying a clear message has been sent to subjugators of dissent that “you can no longer suppress the voice of truth” and those who criticize the government must be heard.

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