New Delhi: Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday expressed concern over “spoilers” who oppose constitutional and legal rulings. He added that it has become “a fashion for certain elements to say that they do not accept the constitution and that it is not in their favor”.
Rijiju was speaking at the launch of an online course on the constitution at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR). The event took place on the eve of Constitution Day 2021.
“When Parliament passes a bill or when the assembly passes certain laws, until they are unconstitutional, why should there be any reason to say that we are not following that law, or that we are not we will not follow this law”, declared the minister.
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) November 25, 2021
The statement comes amid the upcoming winter session of parliament where the government is set to pass the bill to repeal the Farm Laws.
On Friday, November 19, the Prime Minister announced the repeal of the Farm Bills after a year of protest by farmers at Delhi’s borders.
“Whether (a) law is constitutional or unconstitutional, let the judiciary decide,” Rijiju noted. Underlining the importance of the judiciary, the Minister of Justice asserted that until the judiciary decides that a law is “this way or that way, why should we try to impose our thoughts and our ideas to others”.
“India is a very democratic country, so we have the right to dissent, the right to dissent. We have the right to dissent. But whatever has been done constitutionally should be respected by all,” he added.
“In the cities, you don’t realize it, but as you go deeper, there are certain elements that emerge…it’s very disturbing…that everything that is legal, licit , constitutional opposes it tooth and nail,” explained Rijiju.
“What I’m saying is that when it’s already a law, how can you say that a law has been written, but it is not applicable. Isn’t this some kind of crisis for the country,” he added.