Hitting out at those who moved to the Supreme Court challenging the Centre’s decision to block a BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday held the petitioners responsible for “wasting the precious time of the apex court.”
Veteran journalist N Ram, activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan, and others moved the top court challenging the central government’s decision to block the documentary named “India: The Modi Question” on social media. A bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud took note of the submissions of the petitioners, seeking urgent listing of their separate PILs on the issue.
On Twitter, Rijiju responded to a news report and said, “This is how they waste the precious time of Hon’ble Supreme Court where thousands of common citizens are waiting and seeking dates for Justice.”
This is how they waste the precious time of Hon’ble Supreme Court where thousands of common citizens are waiting and seeking dates for Justice. https://t.co/5kouG8Px2K— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) January 30, 2023
The PIL also urged the apex court to call and examine the BBC documentary – both parts I and II – and sought action against persons who were responsible and involved directly and indirectly with the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Sharma said that in his PIL he has raised a constitutional question and the top court has to decide whether citizens have the right under Article 19 (1) (2) to see news, facts and reports on the 2002 Gujarat riots.
He has sought a direction to quash the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s order of January 21 terming it as “illegal, malafide, arbitrary and unconstitutional”.
With inputs from News18