New Delhi: Former Congress leader and senior advocate Kapil Sibal launched a veiled attack on the Center on Friday, alleging that people are living in fear of investigative agencies, the state and the police.
Talking about the “use of religion as a weapon”, the Rajya Sabha MP said that even though it is happening all over the world, “India is an extreme example of the use of religion”.
“It’s happening all over the world. What happened in Leicester yesterday was total intolerance. We all know what happened there. So now it is being exported. The real problem is, those who are part of hate speech in India today are supporters of a particular ideology, the police are not ready to do anything,” said Sibal.
The former cabinet minister was speaking at the launch of his book, “Reflections: In Rime and Rhythm”, published by Rupa Publications.
He added that those who give hate speeches are not prosecuted and are therefore, “encouraged to give another speech of nature”.
“The entire population is scared and they are mentally under siege. What do they do? So they are afraid. We live in constant fear. We fear the ED, we fear the CBI, we fear the state, we fear the police, we fear everyone. We don’t trust anyone anymore,” said the politician-turned-poet.
The 74-year-old senior lawyer also criticized the judiciary, alleging that the poor man cannot come to court because he “doesn’t have money to pay lawyers”.
“Every day in court there is a battle between the two corporate worlds. Amazon vs Reliance, this vs that. And poor man, he can’t come to court. He has no money to pay lawyers. A person from Kerala, North East, West Bengal, South, how will he come to the Supreme Court. He just doesn’t have the means,” he teased.
He added that people’s faith in the justice system is eroding.
“Then there is the issue of fairness. What is reasonable? Justice is when you have full confidence that you will get justice. Many of us believe that confidence is waning and so do the common people, the people of India. People who interact with me everyday, will we get justice? I can’t convince them… there’s no way to help. Because the system does not help them,” said Sibal.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Farooq Abdullah were also present at the book release.
It is the criminal justice system that is far worse than others. Real people get turned away, and poor people get involved.