New Delhi, Apr 3 (UNI) Describing as ‘factually incorrect’ the statement by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday that the Government was not a party to the March 20 judgement of the Supreme Court, the Congress on Tuesday said that the Law Minister should apologise for his remarks and withdraw them.
The Congress said that the statement by the Law Minister was part of the agenda of the Narendra Modi Government to weaken the SC/ST Act.
Talking to reporters here, AICC senior spokesperson and Deputy Leader of the congress in the Rajya Sabha, Anand sharma, and AICC media in-charge randeep Surjewala said, ”Yesterday, even as there was widespread anger among the Dalits across the country over the dilution of the SC/ST Act, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad made a statement that the government had filed a review petition against the Supreme court order. He also said that the government was not a party to the March 20 order. The Law Minister made a factually incorrect statement. He should apologise for making a wrong statement and immediately withdraw it.”
“The Minister was wrong in saying that the government was not a party to it. It was very much a prty. The Governmet did not argue the case. However, it opened the window for anticipatory bail. Government endorsed the Supreme Court action by default by not telling that it cannot change the law.”
Speaking on the issue, Mr Surjewala said, ”when the Supreme Court issued notice on November 20, 2018 to the Maharashtra Government, it also issued notice to the central government through the Attorney-General as the issue concerned a central statute. The government did not send the Attorney-General nor did it send the Solicitor-General. It sent the additional Solicitor-General. Then on January 31, they sought time from the Supreme Court. Why did it seek time when it was not a party to it.”
Describing the statement by the Law Minister as part of the agenda of the government to weaken ther SC/ST law, Mr Anand Sharma said, ”Prime Minister Modi and his government have mastered the art of double speak. They have double standards on the issue. Usually, the PM speaks on every issue evern when people do not want to listen to him. However, he is silent on this issue.”
“The PM is silent even when his minister is misleading people. Why was this statement made yesterday. We demand that the government should make course correction and restore the spirit of the Law,” he added.