Sedition Law: The Supreme Court will hear the case of Sedition Law today. In the hearing held on Tuesday, a three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice had said that it would give time to the Center to review the sedition law. But the Solicitor General should take instructions from the government and tell what will be its effect on the pending case and the case to be registered in future? He should also tell whether the pending cases of 124A can be kept in abeyance. Today i.e. Wednesday at 10.30 am, the court will hear this aspect.

What is the matter?

The nearly 150-year-old sedition law has been in the news for its misuse in recent times. Section 124A of the IPC, which is applicable in sedition cases, has been challenged in the Supreme Court through more than 10 petitions. The petitioners have sought quashing of the law as a violation of the fundamental right to expression. In the earlier hearing, the government had said that in 1962, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court had declared this law valid. In this decision given in the case ‘Kedarnath Singh vs Government of Bihar’, the court had fixed the limits of law. It was said that this section should be imposed for trying to incite violence against the government. Recently, in many states this section has also been imposed in non-essential cases. This abuse needs to stop.

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