Supreme Court strict on sedition law

On Wednesday, the Central Government submitted a reply in the Supreme Court to the sedition law. Following this, the Supreme Court granted the Central Government permission to examine the provisions of Section 124A of the IPC. No cases under 124A will be submitted until the re-examination procedure is completed, according to the Supreme Court.Previously, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stated on behalf of the government that Section 124A of the IPC should not be prohibited. He has proposed that in the future, FIRs under this statute be registered only after an inquiry and the Superintendent of Police’s approval.

According to the Center, in the case of pending proceedings, the courts may be asked to evaluate the accused’s bail as soon as possible. Significantly, in sedition cases, the Supreme Court has heard more than ten petitions challenging Section 124A.

What SC Said to GOI:

According to the Center, the registration of a cognizable offence cannot be stopped. It cannot be proper to prevent the application of the law, so the investigation should be overseen by a responsible authority. Only if the case meets the requirements of the law may it be recorded.
According to SG Tushar Mehta, the gravity of the ongoing sedition cases remains unknown. These are most likely related to terrorism or money laundering. They are in court, and we must await their decision.
It may not be the right way to order a stay on the provisions of sedition upheld by the Constitution Bench.It may not be the proper manner to order a stay on the Constitution Bench’s upheld sedition provisions.

SC asked new cases will register or not:

The Supreme Court asked the Central Government whether fresh cases would be registered under this Act during the hearing on Tuesday. The court also inquired as to what would happen to the number of cases filed under the IPC 124-A Act in the country thus far. Why isn’t he asking state governments to hold 124A cases delayed until the study of this law is completed?
Former Union Minister Arun Shourie, journalist Kishorechandra from Manipur, and Kanhaiyalal Shukla from Chhattisgarh have all filed sedition petitions. This law contains provisions that are not bailable. That is, in India, spreading hatred, contempt, and dissatisfaction with the legally established government is considered a crime. As a punishment, the accused might face life in jail.

How long reconsideration will take?

During the case hearing, the Supreme Court asked the Center how long the review process would take. On this, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, speaking on behalf of the Center, stated, “I am unable to provide a specific answer to this question.” He informed the court that the review process had begun. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also stated that the Center has decided to examine the sedition statute in light of the country’s unity and integrity. The provision for punishment, however, will not be abolished because no one can argue that individuals who work against the country should not be punished.

Why Sedition law on reading Hanuman Chalisha:

The Supreme Court took up the case of Navneet Rana after expressing concern about the misuse of the sedition statute. According to the court, the Attorney General himself stated that the reading of Hanuman Chalisa is punishable by sedition.
The Central Government has sought the Supreme Court to consider and investigate the provisions of Section 124A of the IPC during the hearing in the sedition law case. In court, the Center provided an affidavit. In this case, the court was told that the case should not be considered until the government completed its investigation.

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