Centre tells SC it’ll reconsider and re-examine the infamous sedition law
The Central government on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it had decided to reconsider and re-examine the sedition law or Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). In its affidavit, the Centre asked the apex court to await the outcome of the government’s exercise and not proceed with hearing the petitions before it. It said a competent forum would look into the
According to reports, the Centre, in its affidavit, further said PM Modi has expressed clear and unequivocal views in favour of protection of civil liberties, respect for human rights and believed that outdated colonial laws had no place in India, celebrating 75th year of Independence.
The Central government on Saturday told the Supreme Court that the 1962 verdict of the five-judge Constitution bench case which upheld the validity of the offence of sedition under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, is binding and continues to be is a “good law and needs no reconsideration”.
The top court, in 1962, had upheld the validity of the sedition law while attempting to restrict its scope for misuse.