Sedition Law Supreme Court Order: The opposition is continuously appreciating this decision after the Supreme Court stayed all proceedings under the sedition law. The opposition says that the voice of truth cannot be suppressed now. At the same time, while emphasizing on maintaining the ‘Lakshman Rekha’, the government said that no institution should cross the ‘limit’.
The BJP said the order should be seen in the context of the overall positive suggestion of the government that it wants to investigate the matter which has been “duly accepted” by the court. Responding to questions from reporters shortly after issuing the order, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said, “We respect each other. The court should respect the government, the legislature. Similarly, the government should also respect the court. We have clear boundaries and no one should cross that ‘Lakshman Rekha’.
There is a need to balance the interests of the citizens with the interests of the state.
A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana ruled that apart from lodging the FIR, the ongoing investigation, pending cases and all proceedings under the sedition law across the country will also remain suspended. The bench said there is a need to balance the interests of civil liberties in the country and the interests of citizens with the interests of the state.
The government had earlier said in an affidavit that it was ready to consider the issues related to the law. BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli, citing the affidavit, said, “The Supreme Court order should be seen in the context of positive suggestions of the government, which the court gladly accepted.” So far, 1500 obsolete and obsolete laws have been abolished and more than 25,000 compliance burdens have been reduced to make life easier for common citizens.
Showing mirror to power is not treason
Welcoming the court’s decision, the Congress said that the country’s top court has given a message that showing a mirror to power cannot be sedition. Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Speaking the truth is patriotism, not sedition. Telling the truth is patriotism, not treason. Listening to the truth is the state religion, crushing the truth is obstinacy. Don’t be afraid!” Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi for his remarks, Rijiju termed the Congress as “anti” of freedom, democracy and respect for institutions and said these were “empty words” of the Congress leader.
Rijiju hit out at the opposition party, saying, “If there is one party which is opposed to freedom, democracy and respect of institutions, it is Congress. This party has always stood with the forces that broke India and has left no chance to divide India.
Tukde Tukde gang has no right to preach
Rijiju said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will always protect the unity, integrity and sovereignty of India. “It will also protect the values enshrined in our Constitution. The machinery of Congress and its tukde-tukde gang has no right to preach to others.
Showing the mirror to power is the national religion
Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Showing the mirror to power is the national religion. It cannot be anti-national, the Supreme Court has given this clear message today. The kings who put in should now know that the public has stood up, now the public cannot be suppressed.
complete the law
According to Surjewala, “The Congress wanted to abolish this law in 2019, today the Supreme Court’s ruling has proved that our path is right.” The tax should be paid and not wait for the government to review it.
CPI(M) always opposed the sedition law
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said at the press briefing, “The CPI(M) has always opposed the sedition law and called it a faulty law brought by the British to suppress our freedom fighters.” It has no place in the law books in independent India.
This argument of the government is sham
He said, “The good thing is that the court has ordered that this provision will be stayed. The argument of the Modi-led government that it will review the cases is a sham as it has been completely misusing the sedition law since 2014 to harass all its opponents.
CPI reiterates demand for repeal of law
The Communist Party of India (CPI) in its statement, while welcoming the court’s decision, reiterated the demand for repeal of the law. He claimed that the party’s consistent stand in the matter has got support. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh welcomed the decision and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party was using it to suppress those who raised their voice against their government.
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