Supreme Court: Will reconsider provisions of sedition law

Sedition law

Today, Central Government told the Supreme Court in an affidavit that it “has decided to re-examine & reconsider the provisions of Section 124A IPC (sedition)…”. In other words, SC told the central government that they Will reconsider provisions of the sedition law

Central Government also requested SC “await the exercise…to be undertaken by the GOI before an appropriate forum where such reconsideration is constitutionally permitted”.

Two days ago on Saturday, the government had defended the penal law on sedition (Section 124A of the IPC) in the SC and said that the apex court’s 1962 verdict of a Constitution bench upholding its validity was “long-standing, settled”, had stood the test of time, needed no reference to a larger bench, and that instances of its abuse can’t be a justification for its reconsideration.

During the hearing, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on the question of whether petitions challenging Section 124A (sedition) should be referred to a five-judge Constitution bench in the light of the 1962 ruling in Kedar Nath Singh vs the State of Bihar, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta pointed out that the said ruling “is a Constitution bench judgment and is binding on a three-judge bench”.

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(MARCH – APRIL 2022)


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