Sedition Law Is Put On Hold Until Government Concludes Its Review: Supreme Court

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Highlights:

  • SC has demanded the Centre and the States abstain from filing any FIRs invoking Section 124A IPC
  • The provision of Section 124A of the IPC criminalises the offence of sedition
  • SC added that those already facing sedition charges can approach courts for bail

The Supreme Court has put the sedition law on hold until the government concludes its review. The top court has demanded the Centre and the States abstain from filing any FIRs invoking Section 124A IPC. It added that those already facing sedition charges can approach courts for bail.

The provision of Section 124A of the IPC criminalises the offence of sedition. The top court has scheduled the third week of July for the hearing pleas, challenging the validity of the provision adding that the Centre would have the time to undertake the exercise to re-examine the provision.

A three-judge bench led by CJI NV Ramana voiced, “It is clear that the Central Government agrees that rigours of Section 124A is not in tune with the current situation and it was intended for the time when the country was under colonial law. Thus, the Centre may reconsider it.” The bench included Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli.

On Tuesday, the bench had ordered the Centre to make a clear stand within 24 hours on keeping the pending sedition cases in abeyance to protect the interest of citizens already booked and not logging fresh cases till the government’s re-examination of the colonial-era penal law is completed.

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