Govt At Advanced Stage Of Re-examining Sedition law: Centre To SC

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Govt At Advanced Stage Of Re-examining Sedition law: Centre To SC

| Updated: May 1, 2023 18:25

The apex court on Monday postponed hearing on a batch of pleas challenging the sedition law after the Centre said it is at an advanced stage of consultation on re-examining the colonial-era penal provision.

A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice J B Pardiwala noted the submission of Attorney General R Venkataramani that the government has initiated the process to reexamine section 124A of the Indian Penal Code.

The bench posted the hearing on the matter in the second week of August.

The batch of pleas challenged the constitutional validity of the penal provision. Venkataramani said the consultation process has been at the advanced stage and before it goes to the Parliament, it will be shown to him.

“Kindly post the matter for further hearing after the Monsoon session of Parliament,” he urged the bench.

Senior lawyer Gopal Sankaranarayanan urged the bench to constitute a bench of seven judges for adjudicating the issues.

The bench said that even if the matter has to go to seven judges, it will have to be first placed before a five-judge bench.

On May 11 last year, in a path-breaking order, the top court had put on hold the colonial-era penal law on sedition till an “appropriate” government forum re-examines it and directed the Centre and states to not register any fresh FIR invoking the offence.

The supreme court ruled that besides the lodging of FIRs, ongoing probes, pending trials and all proceedings under the sedition law across the country will also be in abeyance.

In its important order on the law that has been under intense public scrutiny for its alleged use as a tool against expressions of dissent, including on social media, the bench spoke of the need to balance the interests of civil liberties and citizens with that of the State.

“This Court is cognizant of security interests and integrity of the State on one hand, and the civil liberties of citizens on the other. There is a requirement to balance both sets of considerations, which is a difficult exercise.

“The case of the petitioners is that this provision of law… predates the Constitution itself, and is being misused…,” the top court had said.

Sedition, which provides a maximum prison term of life under Section 124A of the IPC for inciting “disaffection towards the government,” was added to the penal code in 1890, 57 years before Independence and about 30 years after the IPC was established.

The provision was utilised against freedom fighters such as Mahatma Gandhi and Bal Gangadhar Tilak before independence.

The number of cases has increased over the years, with Maharashtra politician pair Navneet and Ravi Rana, novelist Arundhati Roy, student activist Umar Khalid, & journalist Siddique Kappan among those charged under the provision.

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