The Supreme Court gave a historic judgment in the Sedition Law matter, asking the state governments to halt filing the first information report (FIR) for sedition.
On the 11th of May, Wednesday, the Apex Court bench led by the Chief Justice of India, Mr. N.V. Ramana said, until the repealing or re-examination of the sedition law under section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) is conducted, registering FIRs under the charges will be inappropriate. The judgment came amid discussion over the sedition law.
It is to be noted that the Central Government proposed to repeal the sedition law and re-examine it, saying there is no need for sedition law in free India.
The court was hearing many petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the law, and said, “The courts are requested to examine the reliefs taking into account the present order and the clear stand taken by Union of India”.
Initially, the Top Court asked the Central Government to ensure that no proceedings or action should be taken under the sedition charges. However, the Centre refused to do so and said, “we cannot prevent a cognizable offense from getting registered.” Considering the center’s response, the Supreme Court announced to halt all FIRs and action against people in the sedition charges on Wednesday.
If anyone is facing trials or charges could approach the concerned High Court of the respective state, said the Top Court.
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