Sedition Law: Expressing concern over the misuse of the sedition law, the court today questioned the central government as to why the provision of the law used to “silence” people like Mahatma Gandhi during the freedom struggle was not being done away with. After the Supreme Court’s remark, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that we welcome this comment of the Supreme Court.
A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice Hrishikesh Roy today considered the petitions of a former Major General and the Editors Guild of India challenging the constitutional validity of Section 124A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code. He agreed to do so, saying that his main concern was “abuse of law”.
The bench issued notice to the Center in the matter. The Chief Justice sitting in the bench along with Justices AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy remarked, “In a state ruling party imposes this section on its opponents. Section 66A of the Information Technology Act was also being misused in a similar manner. The police have been arresting people even after the law was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The section of sedition is also imposed in such a way that someone can be harassed. Most of the people are acquitted later. But in the wrong way No accountability is fixed on the police officer who imposed the section.
The Chief Justice further said, “This law is like a carpenter was given a saw to cut a piece of wood and he started cutting down the whole forest. The government is abolishing many old laws. Its attention is still on the sedition law.” Why didn’t you go?”
Attorney General KK Venugopal concurred with the court’s concern, saying, “Surely the misuse of this law must be stopped. It needs to be confined only to cases of direct injury to the security of the country and democratic institutions.”
The question of the Supreme Court on the sedition law – what is the need to maintain the section which the British imposed against the freedom fighters?