Supreme Court on Sedition Law:
Describing the sedition law as a colonial period, the Supreme Court has questioned the central government as to why it is not being removed in. The top court, while hearing the matter on Thursday, said that it was a law made by the British to crush the freedom movement in the country.
The Supreme Court has sought the Centre's response while hearing petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the 'colonial-era penal law’ on sedition. The court said it was concerned about the misuse of the law and asked the Center why it isn’t abolishing the colonial-era law on sedition.
Expressing displeasure over the continuance of this law, the Supreme Court bench said, "The purpose of the sedition law was to suppress the freedom struggle which was used by the British to silence Mahatma Gandhi and others."
However, the Attorney General in the Supreme Court said that certain guidelines can be laid down to prevent misuse of the sedition law, while he defended the validity of the provision. The court said that at a time when all the old laws are being removed, then what is the need for it.
Hearing the matter, a bench of Chief Justice NV Namanna said that our main concern is about the misuse of this law. The petition was filed by former Army officer Major General SG Wombatkere challenging Section 124A (sedition) of the IPC. He says that using this law, freedom of expression can be restricted many times.
On this, Attorney General KK Venugopal said that if there is concern about its misuse, then some provisions can be removed. However, he did not agree to abolish the law completely.