Historic order…Supreme Court imposes stay on sedition law in India

The Supreme Court in a historic move has imposed a stay on the 152-year-old sedition law in India for the first time in the country’s history. The moves come after a detailed and thorough examination of the purpose of imposing the stay and the move also has been taken considering the violation of this law for many other purposes in the country. 

“Supreme Court allows the Central government to re-examine and reconsider the provisions of Section 124A of the IPC which criminalizes the offense of sedition. Supreme Court says till the exercise of re-examination is complete, no case will be registered under 124A,” ANI reported. 

As per the official report, the stay is imposed until the completion of a review by the Central Government. A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana took the decisive stand. The court directed that no further FIR be registered under Section 124A and also ruled out that the center and the states should not file cases under this section.

The SC took the decision after hearing the arguments of the petitioners citing that it was a colonial law and unconstitutional. The Central Government accepted that the police could not be barred from registering an FIR on treason charges. However, Kapil Sibal, counsel appearing for the petitioners, objected the argument. 

Earlier on May 9, The central government of India asked the Supreme Court of India to take a look at the provisions of the sedition law and the center said, it is thinking to reconsider section 124A IPC which criminalizes the offense of sedition. The centre said that the dismissal of please please challenging the law has been considered and the decision by the center depends on the move. 

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The SC received the Affidavit and in the affidavit, it is reported,” In the spirit of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and the vision of PM Narendra Modi, the Government of India has decided to re-examine and reconsider the provisions of Section 124A, Sedition law.” The new decision has been taken after the detailed study.