Senior Congress leader and former Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has been angered by the enactment of social media legislation in Kerala. P. Chidambaram has said that he is ‘shocked’ by the Kerala government’s move to issue an ordinance to ensure stricter punishment for those found guilty of abusive social media posts. He tweeted, ‘I am shocked by the law made by LDF government in Kerala. A 5-year prison sentence has been given on so-called objectionable posts on social media.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has amended the Kerala Police Act for an abusive or threatening social media post, approving the ordinance for imprisonment. Section 118A included in the Act states that there is a provision of 5 years imprisonment or fine of Rs 10 thousand or both for sending objectionable messages to anyone or insulting or threatening by any means.
LDF targeted the government
Chidambaram targeted the LDF government and said that I was shocked by the attempt to implicate the Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala in a case in which the investigating agency had filed a closure report four times. He further said that how will my friends Sitaram Yechury and CPI-M defend these atrocious decisions? Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has cleared the investigation against Chennithala in the 2015 bar scam case.