New Delhi: Ahead of the December 12 deadline set by the Supreme Court for the Center to explain its stand on the Places of Worship Act, 1991, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday that no law is above judicial review. He said during the Times Now Summit on the theme ‘India: Vibrant Democracy, Global Bright Spot’, ‘After the Ayodhya verdict, some more controversies have come to the fore and the law made in 1991 has also been challenged. I should not speak about these issues in a public forum as they are sub judice. However, I must say that every law must undergo judicial review.
When asked whether the government proposes to amend the Places of Worship Act, the Union Home Minister said that the court has sent a notice to the central government and it will soon clarify its stand on the subject. Despite his reluctance to comment specifically on the law, Amit Shah’s remarks can be seen as significant and the first possible glimpse into the government’s thinking on the matter. He also spoke on the sensitive issue of Uniform Civil Code and said, “It may happen in the country by 2024, but there will be a healthy and open debate on this subject as well as on CAA and NRC.”
On the CAA-NRC, Shah rejected suggestions that changes in the law to provide citizenship to victims of religious persecution in neighboring Islamic countries Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have been put in the deep freezer. He said, ‘CAA is a law and a reality which cannot be changed now; We have to make rules. These were delayed due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. No one should even dream that CAA will not be implemented. Those who think so, they are wrong. Amit Shah expressed confidence that the BJP will return to power at the Center in 2024 as well. He claimed that BJP Gujarat is headed for a landslide victory in the state and will surpass its previous best score of 129 seats, and will win a majority in Himachal Pradesh. Apart from this, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will also win the elections, where it has a direct fight with the Aam Aadmi Party.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 25, 2022, 06:45 IST