Reacting to the priority raised by retired Supreme Court decide Justice B.N. Srikrishna on freedom of expression, or the shortage of it, within the nation, Union regulation minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday mentioned that individuals who abuse the “popularly elected prime minister are crying about freedom of expression.”
In an interview with The Hindu, Srikrishna mentioned, “Today, things are very bad. I must confess, if I were to stand in a public square and say I don’t like the face of the Prime Minister, somebody might raid me, arrest me, throw me in jail without giving me any reason. Now that is something that all of us should oppose as citizens.”
The snippet of the interview was broadly shared on social media by critics of the federal government.
To this, Rijiju mentioned that such individuals will “never talk about the emergency” imposed by the Indira Gandhi authorities in 1975 and by no means dare to criticise “some” chief ministers of regional events.
“Those people who speak all the time without any restrictions to abuse the popularly elected Prime Minister are crying about freedom of expression ! They will never talk about emergency imposed by congress party and never dare to criticise some Regional Party CMs,” he tweeted.
He later added, “I don’t know if a former judge of the Supreme Court has actually said this. If it’s true then the statement itself is demeaning the institution he has served.”
In the interview titled ‘Can civil servants express their views on law, governance?’, Srikrishna was speaking in regards to the ongoing debate on the liberty of civil servants to specific their private views on issues of regulation and governance after an IAS officer belonging to Telangana cadre expressed shock over the discharge of 11 males convicted for gangrape and homicide in Bilkis Bano case.
Smita Sabharwal, popularly often known as The People’s Officer, mentioned that she, as a girl and a civil servant, sits in disbelief on studying in regards to the launch of the convicts of Bilkis Bano case.
“As a woman and a civil servant I sit in disbelief, on reading the news on the #BilkisBanoCase,” the 2001-batch IAS officer had tweeted. “We cannot snuff out her Right to breathe free without fear, again and call ourselves a free nation.”