‘Government wants to bring dictatorship’, Kapil Sibal told Indian Judiciary Code Bill unconstitutional

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Kapil Sibal criticized BNS Bill: Terming the Indian Legal Code (BNS) Bill as ‘unconstitutional’, former Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday (August 13) alleged that the government talks of scrapping colonial-era laws, but thinks it is doing so. Wants to ‘bring dictatorship’ through laws.

Sibal, a Rajya Sabha member, called upon the government to withdraw the three Bills brought to replace the Indian Penal Code (IPC) 1860, Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) 1898 and the Indian Evidence Act 1872. He alleged that if such laws become a reality, they will endanger the future of the country.

Kapil Sibal accused of bringing dictatorship

Sibal said in a press conference, “The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government talks about abolishing the colonial era laws, but its thinking is that it wants to bring dictatorship in the country through laws.” It wants to enact laws under which action can be taken against Supreme Court and High Court judges, magistrates, public servants, CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) and other government officials. I want to request the judges to be careful. If such laws are passed then the future of the country will be in danger.

Told BNS bill dangerous

Referring to the BNS Bill, Sibal claimed that it was “dangerous” and if passed, all institutions would be ruled by the government alone. He alleged, “I request you (the government) to withdraw them (the Bills). We will tour the country and tell people what kind of democracy you want – one that strangles people through laws and gags them.

Former Congress leader Sibal said that these bills are completely against the independence of the judiciary. Criticizing the government, he said, “These bills are completely unconstitutional and strike at the root of the independence of the judiciary.” His thinking is clear that he does not want democracy in this country.

Sibal was a Union minister during the first and second governments of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre. He quit the Congress in May last year and was elected to the Rajya Sabha as an independent member with the support of the Samajwadi Party (SP). Sibal has formed a non-electoral platform ‘Insaaf’ with the aim of fighting injustice.

Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the bill in the Lok Sabha

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday introduced the Indian Code of Justice (BNS) Bill 2023, the Indian Civil Security Code (BNSS) Bill 2023 and the Indian Evidence (BS) Bill 2023 in the Lok Sabha. These bills will replace Indian Penal Code (IPC) 1860, Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) 1898 and Indian Evidence Act 1872 respectively.

The minister had also urged Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to send all the three bills to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs for examination. Among other things, all three Bills propose to repeal the sedition law and introduce a new provision with a broader definition of the offence.

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