Ahead of the December 12 deadline set by the Supreme Court for the Centre to spell out its stand on the Places of Worship Act, 1991, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said no law is above judicial scrutiny. Shah refrained from commenting specifically on the law enacted in the face of the campaign for Ram Mandir, which has been challenged on the grounds that it is violative of freedom of religion and worship.
The Home Minister was speaking at the Times Now Summit on the theme ‘India: Vibrant Democracy, Global Bright Spot’.
Asked if the government proposes to amend the law, the minister said the court has sent a notice to the Centre and it will clear its stand soon on the subject. He also dealt with the sensitive issues of Uniform Civil Code, stressing that the country might have it by 2024 but there would be a healthy and open debate on the subject, as well as the CAA and NRC.
“CAA is a law and a reality that cannot be changed now; we have to frame rules. These got delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. No one should even dream that CAA will not be implemented. Those who think like that are mistaken,” Shah asserted.
He also promised exemplary swift punishment for Aftab Poonawala who allegedly dismembered the body of his live-in-partner Shraddha Walkar, while striking a combative note on the leaked videos of Delhi minister Satyendar Jain having a comfortable time inside the Tihar Jail complex.
He claimed that BJP was headed for a landslide win in Gujarat and would surpass its previous best score of 129 seats, and get a majority in Himachal Pradesh, besides winning the polls for Municipal Corporation of Delhi.