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The judiciary must be more sensitive, must ensure the protection of fundamental rights: Kapil Sibal

Kapil Sibal has criticized the BJP-led Union government for trying to stifle opposition voices in parliament by banning protests

Kapil Sibal has criticized the BJP-led Union government for trying to stifle opposition voices in parliament by banning protests

Senior lawmaker and lawyer Kapil Sibal says the judiciary needs to be more responsive to citizens’ concerns about the “violation of fundamental rights” and ensure that central agencies are not misused for political reasons.

Mr Sibal, who left Congress a few months ago and is currently an independent Rajya Sabha MP, said courts must proactively protect people’s basic rights and institutions from abuse. Mr. Sibal said that some court judgments reflect the state of the judicial system in the country.

“I think that justice should be more sensitive to these concerns (violation of fundamental rights) and take the causes. There are only two institutions that can protect the fundamental rights of our fellow citizens: the media by putting in the foreground issues of violations that are unfolding, and the tribunal. I have seen in the past that in some cases this has not happened,” Mr. Sibal said. PTI in an interview here.

When asked if the opposition had failed to protect the rights of the people, Mr Sibal replied that it was the duty of the courts. “If there is an attack on the institutions of this country, if these institutions are misused for political purposes, if people are incarcerated, who should protect them? The opposition? No.

“Institutions need to be protected by the courts. Courts need to be sensitive to concerns, so that agencies are not used for political purposes. Courts need to proactively protect people languishing in prison for implausible,” Mr. Sibal said.

Mr. Sibal, however, declined to say whether the justice system has been politicized. “I don’t want to comment on that. Court judgments reflect the state of the justice system…since 2014, there have been certain rulings that worry me,” Sibal said.

Sibal denounces BJP-led Union government

The veteran parliamentarian criticized the BJP-led Union government for trying to stifle opposition voices in parliament by banning protests. “It is unprecedented and unacceptable. We have never seen such a situation. Protesting peacefully is a democratic right. Sibal.

Demonstrations, dharnas and religious ceremonies cannot take place within the parliament building, according to a circular issued by the Rajya Sabha secretariat. The directive has drawn opposition ire even as Lok Sabha chairman Om Birla insists such notices have been issued for years.

Commenting on the way forward in relation to the current situation in the country, the former Union Minister said that “popular awareness” of the need for change to secure a better future will change the current scenario. “Things won’t change until people realize that in the years to come the nature of the state will change and their children and grandchildren may not have the future they envision. “said Mr. Sibal.

On opposition unity, Sibal said only time will tell how it will take shape. He, however, ruled out leadership as an issue.

Mr. Sibal hails TMC supremo

“Leaders always emerge. Narendra Modi emerged (as the leader of the BJP)…before that, we had not seen any leader emerge in the saffron party for many years,” Mr Sibal said. When asked if West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee could lead the opposition, Mr Sibal hailed the TMC leader as a “great fighter”, but said it was up to the parties to the opposition to decide.

“Don’t comment on individuals to me. She’s a great fighter, she has the energy of a leader, but I have no idea what will happen in the future,” he said. declared.

Denying claims by some opposition parties that the country should learn from the Sri Lankan crisis, Sibal said the island nation’s economic situation cannot be compared to that of India.

“I think every country has its own environment where such things happen. I don’t think you can compare the situation in India with the situation in Sri Lanka. I don’t think we are in a situation where we would miss our I am sure that all of us – ordinary people, businessmen and leaders – can come together to ensure that India prospers and grows economically stronger in the years to come,” Mr. Sibal said.