Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar got angry at Chidambaram’s ‘part timer’ statement, said- this is not forgivable

Taking exception to P Chidambaram’s scathing remarks on the three new criminal laws, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday termed the former Union minister’s statement as “unpardonable” and demanded that the former Union minister should withdraw his “derogatory and defamatory statement”. “I was shocked beyond words when I read Chidambaram’s interview to a leading national daily this morning in which he said that the new laws were drafted by part-timers. Are we part-timers in Parliament? This is an unpardonable insult to the conscience of Parliament,” he said.

Jagdeep Dhankhar said, “Are we part-timers in Parliament? An unpardonable insult to the conscience of Parliament. I am shocked beyond words. Please beware of those minds who deliberately try to defame our country, our institution, tarnish our progress, through a strategy, through narrative. They keep on indulging in criticism for the sake of criticism. I do not have words strong enough to condemn such stories. An MP is being termed part-timers… I appeal to him from this platform to please take back this insulting, and highly derogatory remark towards MPs. I hope he does so.”

The former home minister said that in the long term, further changes should be made to the three laws to bring them in line with the Constitution and modern principles of criminal jurisprudence. The Indian Judicial Code, the Indian Civil Defence Code and the Indian Evidence Act have replaced the British-era Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Evidence Act respectively.

Chidambaram said in a post on ‘X’, “90-99 percent of the so-called new laws are a work of cutting, copying and pasting. This could have been done by making some changes in the existing three laws but it was made a futile exercise.” He said, “Yes, some improvements have been made in the new laws and we welcome them. They could have been introduced as amendments. On the other hand, there are many regressive provisions. Some changes are prima facie unconstitutional. ”

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