law: Chidambaram lashes out at justice minister for ‘no proposal to scrap sedition law’; Rijiju strikes back | India News

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NEW DELHI: On Saturday, Congress leader P Chidambaram swept Law Minister Kiren Rijiju for stating that the Home Office has no proposals under consideration to scrap the Sedition Act, saying what he has not stated is that he has proposals to reserve many innocent people under the law.
Rijiju hit back at Chidambaram, asking how many thousands of cases of sedition have been inflicted on people by the Congress government.
The Justice Minister told Lok Sabha on Friday that the Home Ministry had no proposals under consideration to remove Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) dealing with sedition.
Responding to a question from Assam MP Badruddin Ajmal on whether the Supreme Court recently labeled the sedition law as colonial and made an observation that it is being misused, Rijiju said: “No such observation has not been found in any judgment or order rendered by the Honorable Supreme Court of India.”
Reacting to Rijiju’s written response to Lok Sabha, Chidambaram tweeted, “Minister of Justice said MHA informed him that there was no proposal to repeal the Sedition Act (Section 124A What he didn’t say was that the MHA has proposals to book a lot of innocent people under the sedition law!”
The attorney general also said there was no record of the Supreme Court commenting on the sedition law, the congressional leader noted.
“What he (the justice minister) didn’t say is that he doesn’t read the newspapers reporting on the SC proceedings,” Chidambaram said.
Marking Chidambaram’s tweets, Rijiju hit back and asked how many thousands of cases of sedition have been inflicted on people by the Congress government.
“The Attorney General may not read the newspapers, but the Attorney General knows that media reports are not part of official departure records. Hon’ble SC knows how to make submissions and how to pass formal orders!” tweeted Rijiju.
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