It was a collective decision, not any individual leader’s fault, says the LDF convener
On Saturday, the Governor had signed the amendment ordinance which inserted Section 118A in the Police Act.
Senior CPM leader M A Baby has openly criticised the decision to amend the Kerala Police Act.
In an apparent reference to widespread criticism against the Kerala Police (Amendment) Ordinance, an emotional Pinarayi Chief Minister Vijayan said Left governments have never tried to gag media.
The cabinet meet on Tuesday decided to bring in a repeal ordinance to withdraw the amendment. Once the Governor signs it, the amendment will not be in force.
The DGP said the police should not take immediate action on such complaints after the state government put the amendment on hold in the wake of widespread criticism from various quarters
The Left Front government claimed it was bringing in a much-needed legal provision to deal with the rising number of social media crimes, especially against women and children.
After the amendment was brought in, people from different walks of life, including those who support the Left front and those who stand up for democratic values, expressed concern
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Section 118A of the Act provides punishment for making, expressing, publishing or disseminating any matter which is threatening, abusive, humiliating or defamatory.
Terming Kerala Police Ordinance draconian, the opposition parties and activists want it to be withdrawn immediately.
However, the new amendment to the Kerala Police Act which has become law, alters the scenario altogether.
Vijayan said that 'the use of personal likes or dislikes, political or non political interests to settle scores arising out of revenge cannot be allowed'.
This comes after the Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan signed the Kerala Police Act Amendment ordinance on Saturday to curb growing attacks on social media against women and children.
The Governor, who had come back to the official residence recently after recovering from the COVID-19, signed the ordinance which had triggered widespread row in the southern state.
Following the spurt in cyber attacks and criminal activities through social media, especially against women, the government has decided to amend the Kerala Police Act.