Supreme Court: ‘Supreme’ hearing will be held today on petitions against sedition law, last year the court had stayed

Sedition law.
– Photo: Amar Ujala


Nearly a year after quashing the sedition law, the Supreme Court will hear on Monday petitions challenging the validity of the colonial-era penal law. It is expected that during the hearing on Monday, the central government may inform the top court about the steps taken so far in relation to the review of the controversial penal law. Many other petitions, including the petition filed by the Editors Guild of India regarding this law, are also pending in the apex court.

Earlier, on October 31 last year, the top court had asked the government to take appropriate steps to review the sedition law. For this, the court had also given additional time to the government. Also, the top court had extended its May 11 direction, staying the sedition law and consequent registration of FIRs.

In October last year, the central government had asked the bench for some more time to review, saying that something could happen in the winter session of Parliament as well.

Last year the court had banned

Significantly, keeping this law on hold last year, a bench headed by the then CJI NV Ramana had ordered that apart from registering new FIRs, ongoing investigation in cases registered under this law, pending trial as well as sedition All proceedings under the law will remain suspended. The bench observed that “the harshness of section 124A (sedition) of the IPC is not in consonance with the present social environment”. Till such time the inquiry is not completed, it would be appropriate for the governments not to continue to use the aforesaid provision of law.