The Supreme Court on Thursday questioned the Central Government over the requirement of sedition law in the country. The SC, observing the Sedition Law as a Colonial Law used against the freedom fighters, asked the Central Government over its requirement even after 75 years of the Country’s independence.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana asked the Attorney General of India, why the law can’t be repealed. “Your Government has repealed many stale laws, I do not know why the government is not looking into repealing Section 124 A of the IPC?” CJI Ramana asked.
The Bench further said, “It is a colonial law. It was meant to suppress the freedom movement and the same law was used by the British against Mahatma Gandhi and Bal Gangadhar Tilak.”
“Is the law still required after 75 years of independence?” the Bench asked.
It needs to mention that section 124 A of IPC deals with the offense of sedition.
The SC further said that it will look into the plea challenging the Constitutional validity of Section 124 A. “The situation on the ground is grave. If one party does not like what the other is saying, section 124 A is used. It is a serious threat to the functioning of individuals and parties.” The Bench said.