Communist who preach Liberal values in silent mode
In Left-parties-ruled Kerala, a very stringent amendment in the Kerala Police Act has been implemented from Saturday to curb the offensive and defamatory social media posts and the offenders will face five years in jail, Rs.10,000 fine, or both. The controversial Section 118A was added to Kerala Police Act through an ordinance two months ago and now Governor has given consent to it on November 21, ignoring widespread protests against the most stringent provision. Kerala’s ruling party led by CPI(M) and its Polit Bureau member Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his colleagues were facing all sort of criticisms and allegations for the past one year. This might have tempted the State Government led by the Left parties to come out with such a stringent rule to curb the social media posts blaming Government, the ruling party, and its leaders.
What is Section 118A?
As per the new Section 118A in the Kerala Police Act, police are empowered to register cases against offensive, intimidating, and defamatory content spread on social media platforms including WhatsApp Groups, Twitter, and Facebook. This new controversial provision implemented by the freedom and liberal values preaching Left-party-led Government empowers police to take action against any social media posts which are offensive and defamatory. Many legal experts like T G Mohandas, who petitioned to Governor Arif Mohammed Khan point out that this would empower police to decide the defamatory nature of a social media post by one person against another. Many experts say this would be challenged in a Court of law and is fundamentally against the established rules in defamation cases in India.
What Communists who preach on liberal values have to say when their own government passes such stringent laws, which are detrimental to basic freedom of expression enshrined in the Indian constitution?
CPI(M) facing heat in the Gold Smuggling Scam
Kerala is also going to have Assembly elections in May 2021 along with Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Assam and the Left parties in Kerala is facing its worst days with a tsunami of allegations against Chief Minister Pinrayi Vijayan and his trusted man Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, who just a few days ago relinquished from the State CPI(M) Secretary’s post. Vijayan is facing allegations after his Principal Secretary caught in gold smuggling through UAE’s Embassy’s diplomatic bags and Balakrishnan is facing heat after his son is arrested for involving in the narcotics trade. PGurus reported these incidents in detail.
What about FoE?
Here the question is, what Communists who preach on liberal values have to say when their own government passes such stringent laws, which are detrimental to basic freedom of expression (FoE) enshrined in the Indian constitution? It must be remembered that after Supreme Court struck down the infamous Section 66A from the IT Act, the State Government ruled by Left parties have shown such an audacity to bring new Section 118A in the State Police Act. The liberal-values-preaching-Communists are now like Ostrich birds putting their heads in the sand after this amendment is brought by their own Government in Kerala.
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