Between 2014 and 2019, a total of 326 cases were registered in the country under the controversial sedition law of the colonial era. Of these, only six were convicted. This information came out in the data released by the Union Home Ministry on Tuesday.
According to the data, out of the total 326 cases, the maximum number of 54 cases were reported in Assam. Of all the cases registered, charge sheets were filed in 141. Of the 54 cases registered in Assam, charge sheets were filed in 26 and trials were completed in 25.
However, between 2014 and 2019, not a single case was convicted. In Jharkhand, 40 cases under section 124(A) were registered during these six years. Of these, charge sheets were filed in 29, trials were completed in 16. Only one person was convicted.
31 cases were registered in Haryana, conviction in one
Of the 31 cases registered in Haryana, chargesheets were filed in 19 and trials of six were completed. Here too only one person was convicted. In Bihar, Kerala and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, 25 cases were registered under the sedition law.
In Bihar and Kerala, charge sheets were not filed in a single case while in Jammu and Kashmir charge sheets were filed in three cases. However, in these three states, there was no conviction in any case between 2014 and 2019.
In Karnataka 22 such cases were registered and charge sheets were filed in 17 cases. But, the trial could be completed in only one case. In the state during these six years, not a single charge of sedition was proved.
Seven cases were registered in Uttar Pradesh and eight in Bengal
At the same time, seven cases of sedition were registered in Uttar Pradesh and eight in West Bengal. Chargesheet was filed in eight cases in Uttar Pradesh while in Bengal in five cases. In both the states, there was no conviction in any of the cases.
In none of the four cases registered in Delhi, chargesheet was filed and conviction was proved. Meghalaya, Tripura, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Chandigarh, Daman & Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli did not report a single case during this period.
One case each of sedition was registered in Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttarakhand. According to the data, in the year 2019, the maximum number of 93 sedition cases were registered. The number of such cases was 70 in 2018, 51 in 2017, 47 in 2014, 35 in 2016 and 30 in 2015.