Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday shot off a letter to the Law Commission Chairman conveying his government’s inability to form an opinion on the Uniform Civil Code in the absence of any specific or concrete information about its contours as also due to lack of consensus among religious groups on it.
The state cabinet had, on January 10, given its nod to the Law Department’s rejoinder/opinion on UCC. The government had also refrained from giving its reply to the Law Commission stating that the structure of the questionnaire was forcing it to reply in a specific manner.
“The details of the proposed Uniform Civil Code (UCC) have not been shared so far with the stakeholders for their comments. In the absence of any specific or concrete information about the contours of the UCC proposed by the central government, it will not be possible to form any opinion on the same,” Kumar wrote in his letter.
He sent the letter to Law Commission Chairman Justice BS Chauhan in response to the commission seeking the state government’s reply/opinion on the UCC. The Bihar government also expressed its inability in giving its reply to the commission’s questionnaire which, it maintained, was framed in a particular manner to seek specific answers.
“It seems that the questions have been framed in such a manner so as to force the respondent to reply in a specific way. These are leading questions with a limited number of choices given as probable answers and thus, denying the respondent enough scope to frame his own independent replies,” Kumar wrote in his letter.