THE Supreme Court Friday agreed to examine the constitutional validity of Section 124A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code(IPC).
A bench of Justices UU Lalit, Indira Banerjee and KM Joseph issued notice to the Central Government to respond by July 12 to the petition filed by journalists Kishorechandra Wangkhemcha from Manipur and Kanhaiya Lal Shukla from Chhattisgarh challenging the validity of sedition law as violative of freedom of speech and expression (Article 19).
The Supreme Court agrees to examine the constitutional validity of Section 124A (sedition) of the IPC. Sends notice to Central Government. pic.twitter.com/IFqlr2D0T3
In the Kedarnath case, the top court had upheld the validity of the sedition law although it had narrowed down its scope and held “comments, however strongly worded, expressing disapprobation of actions of the Government, without exciting those feelings which generate the inclination to cause public disorder by acts of violence” was not sedition.
In 2016, the Supreme court reminded the authorities to be guided by the principles laid down in the Kedarnath case while dealing with sedition cases. Despite that, governments have been using the law to curb dissent.
The petition was filed through advocate Tanima Kishore.