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'Time has come to establish the boundaries of the Sedition Law': Supreme Court

Lawstreet Journal 15 Jun 2021 2:40am

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On 31st May, 2021, the Supreme Court specifically looked at sedition proceedings against anyone who criticises the government, asking if any had been brought against a TV broadcaster that recently broadcast footage of people discarding a Covid-19 patient's body into the river in Uttar Pradesh.

During a session on 31st May, 2021, Monday, on the difficulties raised by Covid-19, a three-judge panel led by Justice DY Chandrachud made the caustic remarks. The lack of honour offered to individuals who died of the contagious sickness was brought to the notice of the court. The Supreme Court has stated that defining what is and is not sedition will assist to prevent the colonial-era provision from being used to penalise dissent.

The Supreme Court made this statement while preventing the Andhra Pradesh government from pursuing retaliatory action against two Telugu news stations that were charged under Section 124 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for allegedly inciting discontent against the state administration. The court's displeasure with this clause was evident in April, when it requested a reaction from the Centre on a petition challenging the law's constitutional legality.

Despite the fact that the term "sedition" was removed from the Constitution in1949, Section 124A of the IPC defines it as, the aim or inclination to disturb law and order, or comments that appear to inspire violence. The position of the SC should elicit unqualified support. The state should protect not only its security and sovereignty, but also its people' fundamental rights. The… Continue Reading...

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