The Supreme Court has asked the central government to give its reply by Wednesday regarding the sedition law. The government has to tell before the top court whether the sedition law can be stopped and the accused can be protected under it during the review of this law? That is, the court has asked the government that until the central government reviews this law, what will happen to the cases of those who are accused under the Sedition Act (IPC 124-A). Apart from this, will such new cases be registered till the decision comes or not? During the hearing, the Supreme Court also expressed concern over those who are already in jail under sedition charges.
In fact, earlier on Monday, the central government told the Supreme Court that it has decided to re-examine and reconsider the provisions of the sedition law. It also asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the petitions challenging it. In a fresh affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the Center said, “The government has decided to revise and reconsider the provisions of the Sedition Act (IPC 124-A).” The government urged the Supreme Court to wait for a review before deciding the matter on the basis of petitions filed by the Editors Guild of India and others.
Chief Justice NV Ramana told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta during the ongoing hearing on the sedition law on Tuesday, “We will give you time till tomorrow morning to take directions from the government. Our concern is with the pending cases and the future, till then.” Till the government does not re-examine the law, how will the government protect them?”
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The Chief Justice directed, “In order to protect the interest of those already registered under the sedition law and future cases, the Center should file a reply whether they can be kept in abeyance till the law is re-examined?”
Pandit Nehru mentions
During the hearing, Congress leader and senior advocate Kapil Sibal said that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had said that the sooner we get rid of the sedition law, the better. In response, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that we are trying to do what Pandit Nehru could not do then.