Chidambaram against Punjab law

Chidambaram against Punjab law


New Delhi, Sept 08: The former Union Minister, Mr. P Chidambaram, has said he was not in agreement with the anti-sacrilege law passed by the Punjab Assembly recently.

Answering a specific question on whether or not Punjab’s anti-sacrilege Bill harms the Congress Party's ’ libertarian narrative, he said, 'I am not in agreement with it personally as a liberal but it is irrelevant that I am in disagreement with Punjab’s anti-sacrilege law, because the Punjab Assembly seems to be in agreement with it unanimously.

'The Congress hasn’t formulated a view on this issue. Please ask the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the former Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal,' he added.

Mr. Chidambaram was answering the question during a panel discussion after Kapil Sibal’s book launch in New Delhi.

The Punjab Assembly had unanimously passed the Indian Penal Code (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018, and The Code of Criminal Procedure (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018, which seek 10 years’ term to life imprisonment for those who commit sacrilege.