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‘Use of Religion as weapon’, We are living in constant fear of state, says-Kapil Sibal

NEW DELHI: Former Congress leader and senior advocate Kapil Sibal has alleged that people have been living in the fear of investigating agencies, the state, and the police.

On the issue of ‘use of religion as a weapon’, Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal said on Friday that even though it is happening all over the world, it has exceeded the limit in India.

Kapil Sibal said, “This is happening all over the world. What happened in Lester was total intolerance. We all know what happened there. Now it is being exported outside as well.”

“The real problem in India is that those who are involved in hate speech, they belong to a particular ideology. The police don’t seem to be ready to do anything.”

The former cabinet minister was speaking at the launch of his book ‘Reflections: In Rhyme and Rhythm’. He said that those who give hate speech are not taken legal action, so they become enthusiastic to say the same things again.

Kapil Sibal said, “Everyone is scared and people have mentally contained themselves in these situations. What would they do? That’s why they are scared. We are constantly living in the shadow of fear. We fear ED. It seems. We are scared of the CBI. We are afraid of the government. We are afraid of the policemen. We are afraid of everyone. We have no faith in anyone.”

He also criticized the judiciary. He said that the poor man cannot go to court because he does not have money to pay his lawyers.

Kapil Sibal said, “Everyday there is a fight between two corporates in the courts. Amazon vs Reliance, this vs that. And the poor man, he can’t go to court. He doesn’t have money to pay lawyers.”

The book-launch was attended by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and Jammu & Kashmir National Conference president Farooq Abdullah. 

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