Sedition Law Supreme Court Order: The Supreme Court on Wednesday put an interim stay on the sedition law. During the last hearing, the central government said that it would consider the matter. In the hearing held today, the Center told the Supreme Court that the responsibility of registering sedition-related cases to an officer of the rank of Superintendent of Police (SP) and hearing of bail pleas can be done expeditiously.
During the hearing, the Center also said that we are not aware of the seriousness of the cases. They can have aspects like terrorism, money laundering. Petitions challenging the validity of the provision will now be heard in July
Let us tell you the important things of the order of the Supreme Court
- In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court ordered a stay on all pending sedition cases and advised the police and administration not to use this section of the law until the Center completes its review.
- Chief Justice NV Ramana said, if a fresh case is registered, the parties concerned can approach the court and the court will settle the matter. The Chief Justice said, the central government is free to give directions to the states to stop the misuse of the law.
- The CJI said, it would be right not to use this provision of law till the review is done. We hope that the Center and the states will refrain from registering any FIR under 124A or initiate action after the review is over.
- Chief Justice NV Ramana said, the petitioners say that the law is being misused. The Attorney General had also referred to the sedition charge filed in the Hanuman Chalisa case.
- The Center has suggested to the Supreme Court that in future FIRs under Section 124A (sedition charge) of the IPC should be registered only after the investigation of an officer of the rank of SP or above. On pending cases, courts can be directed to consider bail at the earliest. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioners, said, “There are more than 800 sedition cases registered across India. 13,000 people are in jail.”
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