Govt withdraws Kerala Police Act amendment, says CM

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the controversial amendment of the Kerala Police Act will not be implemented. It has been withdrawn, the chief minister said.

The CM added that further procedures will be decided after discussion in State Legislative Assembly.

An amendment to the Kerala Police Act 2011 to give police more power to prosecute persons who exploit various social media platforms to slander or insult or defame fellow citizens was introduced with a new provision and this invited wide criticism from all circles.

Kerala decided to bring in amendment to the police act to check efforts challenging the personal liberty and constitutional dignity of citizens. However, there has been different opinions from various centres relating to the amendment. Many have expressed concern. Hence the government has decided not to implement the amendment immediately. The further proceedings will be decided after discussing it in Assembly and taking into consideration the opinions from all, Pinarayi Vijayan said in a Facebook post.

CM also asked people not to engage in activities on and off social media defaming or insulting anyone and the society to exercise caution.

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