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Ex-SC decide needs apex courtroom to bypass elected govt, strike down sedition legal guidelines and UAPA

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Ex-SC judge wants apex court to bypass elected govt, strike down sedition laws and UAPA

On Sunday (October 10), ex-Supreme courtroom Judge Rohinton Fali Nariman courted controversy after he urged the apex courtroom to strike down the sedition legislation and the stringent provisions within the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. He made these contentious remarks throughout an occasion organised by the Viswanath Pasayat Memorial Committee.
While encouraging judicial activism, the retired Judge asserted, “I would exhort the supreme court to not send sedition law cases pending before it back to the Centre. Governments will come and go (but) it is important for the court to use its power and strike down Section 124A and the offensive portions of UAPA. Then citizens here would breathe more freely.”
Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman additionally alleged that India’s rank on the Global Law index was poor as a consequence of colonial-era legal guidelines.
“The Nobel Peace Prize was given to two journalists from the Philippines. India’s rank there was 142…Why? This is more to do with India’s bank of colonial laws,” he had mentioned. The retired decide additionally urged the Supreme Court to unilaterally strike down the sedition legislation (IPC 124). He inquired, “…How in this large democracy is Section 124A surviving?”
“Governments will come and go! However, it is important for court to use its power to strike down Section 124A and offensive portion of UAPA. Then citizen here would breathe more freely”: Justice RF Nariman— LawBeat (@LawBeatInd) October 10, 2021
Furthermore, ex-Justice Nariman additionally dubbed UAPA as a ‘draconian act’ that wanted repeal. He added, “We had the China and Pakistan wars. Thereafter, we introduced the draconian legislation- UAPA. Disaffection continues in the statute book and UAPA is a draconian act as it has no anticipatory bail and has a minimum of 5 years imprisonment. This act is not under scanner yet. This too has to be looked into along with the sedition law.”
World Hindu Foundation asks Justice Rohinton Nariman to take again his feedback on Vedas
In April this yr, Justice Rohinton Nariman made ‘objectionable’ feedback on the stature of girls in faith and the Rig Veda through the twenty sixth Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture. He had claimed, “Rig Veda says do not make lasting friendship with women because she would be like a hyena.” The remark had attracted extreme criticism, which was interpreted by many as an insult to Hindu sentiments.
Swami Vigyananand, the founding father of the World Hindu Foundation, remarked, “I believe that you are not qualified to interpret Vedas and ancient Hindu scriptures. Therefore, you must resist making any commentary on Hindu scriptures and Vedas based on your reading of secondary sources. Moreover, you hold a responsible position in the judiciary. You must behave responsibly in speaking about issues concerning the great Dharma and Bharat’s civilisational heritage,” he mentioned.