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In sedition law, 5 big points of a massive order of the Supreme Court -by Ecork

“There are more than 800 sedition cases that have been filed across India,” senior lawyer Kapil Sibal told the court.

New Delhi:
Today, the Supreme Court kept the colonial-era sedition law in the country after the center shifted in the last session. The Center has argued against it, saying that it cannot survive on the basis of a few PIL cases.

Here’s the 5-point cheat sheet for this big story:

  1. In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court today ordered all pending sedition cases to be halted and advised the police and administration not to use this section of the law until the center finished its review. India Chief Justice N.V. Ramana said, “If any new cases are brought, the parties involved may go to court and the court to adjudicate them expeditiously.”

  2. The Chief Justice of India said: “The Union of India is free to give negative directives to states to prevent abuse of the law.” “It would be appropriate not to use this provision of the law until further scrutiny is completed. We hope and expect that the center and the state will refrain from registering any PIA under 124a or proceeding with the same until the examination is completed,” she said.

  3. “The Federation of India will reconsider the law. The petitioners say the law is being misused. The Attorney General had also mentioned the sedition charge filed in the Hanuman Chalisa case. It would be appropriate not to use this provision of the law until the re-examination is over. We hope and expect that The Center and the State shall cease registration of any FIR under 124A or proceed forward under the same order until the re-examination is completed,” said Chief Justice N.

  4. The Center suggested that future field information reports be recorded under Section 124a, IPC (sedition charge) only after scrutiny by a supervisor at police level or higher. In pending cases, she said, courts could be directed to quickly consider bail. “There are more than 800 sedition cases filed across India. There are 13,000 people in prison,” senior lawyer Kapil Sibal said before the petitioners.

  5. After firmly defending the country’s colonial-era sedition law and asking the Supreme Court to dismiss petitions challenging it, the government on Monday turned its face, saying it had decided to review the legislation. According to government sources, the move came on the instructions of Prime Minister Modi himself.

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