Telangana opposition parties to protest changes in IPC sections by K.C. Rao govt

Opposition parties in Telangana censured the state government on the issue, saying the IPC sections could now be used arbitrarily by the state to curb political dissent

Yunus Y. Lasania
First Published30 Jan 2018, 01:21 AM IST
Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) last week announced his decision to make changes in the IPC. Photo: AP
Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) last week announced his decision to make changes in the IPC. Photo: AP

Hyderabad: Opposition parties in Telangana have decided to join hands and protest against the state government’s decision to make offences falling under sections 506 (criminal intimidation) and 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) cognisable offences that can be registered without the permission of a court.

They censured the state government on the issue, saying the IPC sections could now be used arbitrarily by the state to curb political dissent. Chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) last week announced his decision to make changes in the IPC.

“I had proposed that all opposition parties come together and protest against the state government’s decision to change the IPC sections and all parties had agreed during the meeting,” said Prof. M. Kodandaram, chairman, Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), which has been at loggerheads with the TRS on various issues.

“It really reflects the growing arrogance of KCR towards criticism against the state government. In a democracy, the opposition points out lapses in the government. But the chief minister has been trying to suppress dissent from the last three years,” said Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy.

According to a press release from Rao’s office on 25 January, abusing a person or institution or using harsh words and intimidation through anonymous methods will now be treated as cognisable and non-bailable offences.

It, however, did not specify what harsh language is.

Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson A. Rakesh Reddy also said that his party will not tolerate the government “suppressing” opposition parties.

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First Published:30 Jan 2018, 01:21 AM IST
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