On Saturday, senior congressman P Chidambaram slammed Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju for saying the Home Ministry had no proposals under consideration to abolish the sedition law, saying that this what he did not declare was that he had 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 sighting 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 that the MHA had informed him that there was no proposal to repeal the Sedition Act (Section 124A) What he did not say was that the MHA has proposals to reserve many people innocent under the sedition law!” The attorney general also said there was no record of the Supreme Court commenting on the sedition law, the congress leader noted. .
“What he (the justice minister) didn’t say was that he doesn’t read the newspapers reporting 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 Minister of Justice may not read the newspapers, but the Minister of Justice knows that media reports are not part of the official records of departure. Hon’ble SC knows how to make submissions and how to place formal orders! Rijiju tweeted.