Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi on Tuesday defended the action against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar saying doing away with the provision of sedition would be “unjust” and for the interest of the nation it should not be diluted.
“Diluting the provision of sedition for a section of the society which celebrates when a soldier returns home from Jammu and Kashmir in a coffin should not happen, at least for the interest of the nation,” he said after citing a few slogans, which he termed “unacceptable” even as he did not directly refer to the controversial JNU event.
“If one needs to protect the Constitution, one has to have provisions to deal with elements which pose threat to it. To do away with the legal provision of sedition will be unjust,” the police chief said in an interview to a news channel. “It would be wrong to say that the provision of sedition in the Indian Penal Code is obsolete. If time is the only parameter, then provisions of punishing for murder and theft were incorporated in the IPC much earlier,” he said, adding Section 124 A is a time-tested provision of law.
Questioning the role of think tanks and intellectuals who have severely criticised him for his actions time and again, Bassi said that those who are criticising the law of sedition should contemplate what is happening all over the nation.
The top cop has been at the receiving end for police action in connection with the sedition case registered over the controversial event at JNU and also for Delhi Police’s alleged failure to control violence that broke out at Patiala House court premises where Kanhaiya was produced, not once but twice.