Law Ministerís raj dharma advice to CM

Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on Sunday visited the house of slain ASI Ravinderpal Singh at Rampura village in Amritsar district and assured speedy justice to his family.

"I assured the family that there would be speedy justice. I would ensure that Punjab government takes the case to its logical end and get the accused punished in a fast manner," Kumar said after meeting the slain ASI's father, Harbans Singh.

Earlier in the day, he expressed concerns over the law and order situation in Punjab saying that even the law enforcers were at the receiving end in the state. "There is something seriously lacking as far as law and order in Punjab is concerned and state would head to anarchy if things do not change for better. I appeal and hope that Punjab Chief Minister would live up to the raj dharma and would get the people responsible for the ASI's death punished at the earliest," he added.

Asked if Centre would intervene in the matter, if there was problem with law and order situation in Punjab, Kumar said that it was the state subject and it is for state government to get its acts together to improve the situation.

He said that his party, the Congress, will protest in the form of dharnas in case Punjab failed to address the law and order issue.

'I'm against capital punishment'

The Law Minister also said that personally he was against capital punishment. Responding to a query during a press conference at Amritsar on Sunday, where he paid obeisance at Golden Temple and visited Jallianwala Bagh, Kumar said that while capital punishment has a constitutional validity in the rarest of rare cases, but he was personally against such forms of punishment.

Kumar also admitted that complaints of corruption in the judiciary, especially at the lower levels, were on the rise and comprehensive monitoring was being done to address the problem.

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