Kiren Rijiju slams PIL against blocking of BBC documentary, calls it ‘waste of Supreme Court’s precious time’

“This is how they waste the precious time of Hon’ble Supreme Court where thousands of common citizens are waiting and seeking dates for justice,” said Law Minister Kiren Rijiju.

Updated - January 30, 2023 08:11 pm IST

Published - January 30, 2023 03:09 pm IST - New Delhi

Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju. File

Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju. File | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma

Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday hit out at those moving the Supreme Court challenging the Centre’s decision to block a BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots, saying this is how they “waste” precious time of the top court.

Responding on Twitter to news reports that veteran journalist N. Ram, activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan and others have moved the Supreme Court challenging the Centre’s decision to block the documentary “India: The Modi Question”on social media, Mr. Rijiju said that “this is how they waste the precious time of Hon’ble Supreme Court where thousands of common citizens are waiting and seeking dates for justice”.

Also read: SC agrees to hear on Feb. 3 a plea to restrain from ‘censoring’ BBC documentary on Gujarat riots

A Bench headed by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud on January 30 took note of the submissions of lawyer M.L. Sharma and senior advocate C.U. Singh, appearing for Mr. Ram and Mr. Bhushan, seeking urgent listing of their separate PILs on the issue.

On January 21, the Centre issued directions for blocking multiple YouTube videos and Twitter posts sharing links to the controversial BBC documentary.

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