23 October, New Delhi
The CPI(M) today attacked Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, saying that instead of upholding the rule of law to stop those threatening the film makers, he had ”facilitated extortion of a reported sum of Rs five crore invoking the armed forces.”
”This is a gross insult to the courage, valour and the role being played by the armed forces in defence of India,” the Polit Bureau of CPI (M) said in a statement.
The Polit Bureau said the CM, who was under oath to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law, had by this action, negated the constitutional mandate.
”This also creates an environment of fear to stifle the freedom of expression,” it said, adding that the failure to uphold the rule of law should be taken as a serious note by the Centre, in accordance with the constitutional provisions.