Kerala Police Act Amendment ordinance will be 'reconsidered', says Sitaram Yechury

The CPM general secretary's statement comes after a political storm broke out on Sunday over the controversial amendment to the Police Act

Press Trust of India November 23, 2020 13:57:42 IST
Kerala Police Act Amendment ordinance will be 'reconsidered', says Sitaram Yechury

File image of SItaram Yechury. PTI

New Delhi: CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday said the Kerala Police Act Amendment ordinance will be "reconsidered".

His statement comes after a political storm broke out on Sunday over the controversial amendment to the Police Act.

The Kerala Cabinet, last month, had decided to give more teeth to the Police Act by recommending the addition of Section 118-A. It stipulates either imprisonment for up to five years or a fine of up to Rs 10,000 or both to those who produce, publish or disseminate content through any means of communication with an intention to intimidate, insult or defame any person through social media.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government defended the move, saying that it is intended to reduce cyber crimes against women.

"The ordinance will be reconsidered," Yechury told PTI.

When asked if "reconsidered" could mean toning down the ordinance, he indicated that it means the ordinance will be scrapped.

The LDF government is likely to let the ordinance lapse, both CPM and CPI sources said.

The announcement of the ordinance had put both the Left parties in a quandary as it was against the very principles that they stood for, the sources said.

The central leadership of the CPM, at odds with the decision, has been exerting pressure on the state leadership to let the ordinance lapse.

CPI general secretary D Raja said that he was uncomfortable with the ordinance and the party had expressed its opinion on it to the state leadership.

"We have asked our state units to reconsider the ordinance. We have spoken to the CPM leadership and we both concur that the ordinance cannot go forward," Raja told PTI.

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