Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Former Judge of Supreme Court of India Markandey Katju has requested the President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi through Twitter to impose President Rule in Andhra Pradesh and call for fresh elections.
Justice Katju said that the elections should be ordered under Article 356 of the Constitution. He stated in his Twitter message that the Chief Minister Chandrababu Niadu had got social media activist I.Ravi Kiran arrested recently for publishing a cartoon against him and his son. By this unconstitutional, autocratic and undemocratic act, it is evident that the State government cannot be run in accordance with the Constitution.
Justice Katju said that making and publishing of cartoons was part of the freedom of speech guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Contitution. It was the right of citizens to criticize the government as the people were supreme in a democracy, he said.
It may be recalled that the Ravi Kiran was arrested earlier this month for allegedly making derogatory comments on Chandrababu Naidu and Lokesh on his Facebook page. The arrest of another social media commentator I.Ravichandra Reddy in Bengaluru on Tuesday for posting objectionable content on the same grounds on Twitter and Facebook brought the government intention to control social media.