“Court Struck Down Provisions Despite We…”: Kiren Rijiju Over SC’s Sedition Law Order

Kiren Rijiju said, “That is when I said everyone has a Lakshman Rekha (or limit) that they should not cross”

Mumbai: Union law minister Kiren Rijiju has expressed displeasure over the Supreme Court’s decision to keep sedition law in abeyance. He said that despite the Centre’s submission of intending to bring changes in the law, the Supreme Court went with the judicial order.

“We told the Supreme Court that the government is thinking about changing the provision of the sedition law. Despite that, the court struck down the provisions of the sedition law. I was very upset about it,” Rijiju said.

“That is when I said everyone has a Lakshman Rekha (or limit) that they should not cross,” Rijiju added.

In May 2022, the Supreme Court stopped outstanding criminal cases and court processes under Section 124A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code.

Speaking of the retirement age of the judges, he said: “We are not increasing the retirement age of the judges. I think 65 (years) for the Supreme Court and 62 for the high court is okay. If any step needs to be taken, it will be taken but right now there is no plan.”

Speaking about cases being pending in courts, he said, “There is a misconception that due to large vacancies, there is a pendency of cases…We are getting into the real issue of delivering faster justice to people.”

Also Read: Has Congress Given Up On Gujarat???

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came into power, nothing has been done to erode the authority of the judiciary and judges, he said.

He added that the judiciary should not acquire executive powers. He said, “But the judiciary should not get into the role of the executive. Who should run the country? Should the judiciary run the country or the elected government?”

“When judges make oral comments, it gets wide coverage even though such comments have no bearing (on the case) whatsoever. A judge should speak through his or her order instead of making unnecessary comments and inviting criticism.”

Dear Readers,
As an independent media platform, we do not take advertisements from governments and corporate houses. It is you, our readers, who have supported us on our journey to do honest and unbiased journalism. Please contribute, so that we can continue to do the same in future.

Related posts