New Delhi, December 11: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday took a swipe at Law Minister Kiren Rijiju for stating that the home ministry has no proposal under consideration to scrap the sedition law, saying what he did not state was that it has proposals to book many innocent people under the law.
Rijiju hit back at Chidambaram, asking how many thousand sedition cases were slapped on people by the Congress government.
The law minister on Friday said in Lok Sabha that the Ministry of Home Affairs has no proposal under consideration to scrap Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) dealing with sedition.
Responding to a question by Assam MP Badruddin Ajmal on whether the Supreme Court has recently termed the sedition law as colonial and has made an observation that it is being misused, Rijiju said,”No such observations have been found in any judgment or order delivered by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.”
Reacting to Rijiju’s written reply in Lok Sabha, Chidambaram tweeted, “The Minister of Law said that MHA has informed him that there is no proposal to repeal the sedition law (Section 124A). What he did not say was that MHA has proposals to book many innocent people under the sedition law!”
The law minister also said that there is no record of the Supreme Court making any observations on the sedition law, the Congress leader said.
“What he (law minister) did not say was that he does not read newspapers reporting the proceedings of the SC,” Chidambaram said.
Tagging Chidambaram’s tweets, Rijiju hit back and asked how many thousand sedition cases were slapped on people by the Congress government.
“Law Minister may not read newspaper but Law Minister knows that media reports do not become part of official Depart records. Hon’ble SC is aware of how to make observations & how to pass formal orders!” Rijiju tweeted. (PTI)