SC puts sedition law in abeyance, those in jail can apply for relief
The Supreme Court also said those already booked under Section 124A IPC and were in jail could approach the courts concerned for bail.
In a historic development, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code which criminalizes the offense of Sedition be kept in abeyance till the government’s exercise of reviewing the law is complete.
A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli also asked the Central Government and states not to register any cases under Section 124A.
The Supreme Court also said those already booked under Section 124A IPC and were in jail could approach the courts concerned for bail. “It would be appropriate to put the provision on abeyance,” the Bench ordered.
Earlier, on Monday while filing a fresh affidavit, the Centre told the apex court that it has decided to re-examine and reconsider the provisions of Section 124A and requested it not to take up the case till the matter is examined by the government.
In the affidavit, the Centre said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is of the firm view that the baggage of colonial-era laws, which outlived their utility, must be scrapped during the period of ‘Azadi Ka Marti Mahotsav’ (75 yrs of independence).
In that spirit, the government of India has scrapped over 1500 outdated laws since 2014-15, it said on Monday.
First Published: 11th May, 2022 15:04 IST
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