Bhubaneswar, December 9 (LocalWire):Human rights activists have taken strong exception to Odisha law minister Pratap Jena’s statement regarding encounter killing of accused persons in rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad and termed it ‘unconstitutional’.
The minister ought to be sacked from the council of ministers as he has publicly showed disregard towards the constitutional provisions, they said in a petition to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday.
Jena had earlier justified Hyederabad police’s action by saying that police did “nothing wrong” in killing four persons arrested in connection with the rape and murder of a woman veterinarian.
The Law Minister had said “the human rights activists may say something, but the fact remained that they (accused persons) were involved in most heinous crime”.
“It is a matter of concern that law minister Jena has given a statement in the public justifying police action in Hyderabad.
According to media reports the Minister of Law has said, “In other countries, such ‘culprits’ are shot and killed on the roadside.” By giving such a statement is he not ratifying extra-judicial killings?
How a minister who takes an oath to protect the constitution can go beyond it and issue such a statement?”, stated rights activists addressed to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
“Through this statement, the minister is trying to encouraging the Odisha police to take law into its own hands and resort to such type of extra-judicial killings.
Will such Minister-in-office not protect the Police on such cases when it happens? Can we say he is ‘faithfully and conscientiously’ discharging his constitutional duties?, questioned Biswapriya Kanungo, one of the petitioners.
The Minister of Law has clearly acted unconstitutionally and has demonstrated that he has no respect for the Rule of Law. So, we urge you to dismiss Mr. Jena from the Council of Ministers of Odisha for the sake of protection of values of the constitution in name of which you also have taken the oath, they called upon the chief minister.