Justice minister has no authority to lure ‘arbitrary Lakshman Rekha’: Chidambaram | India News

NEW DELHI: Congress leader P Chidambaram fired back on Thursday at Right Minister Kiren Rijiju on his remarks after the Supreme Court suspended enforcement of the sedition law, saying he had no power to attract an “arbitrary Lakshman Rekha”.
As the Supreme Court suspended enforcement of the sedition law, Rijiju invoked “Lakshman Rekha” guiding different institutions including the executive and the judiciary and said no one should cross their “boundary”.
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, and a law cannot remain in the statute book, which violates fundamental rights. The Sedition Act, in the opinion of many jurists, violates sections 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 glance 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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