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SC Hears Plea Challenging Validity Of Sedition Law

BP World Bureau | May 01 2021 10:11:14 AM
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NEW DELHI: Supreme Court heard public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the validity of Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises sedition.

This is also the second time in three months that such a plea challenging the sedition law has been placed before the court.

Bench of Justices UU Lalit, Indira Banerjee, and KM Joseph heard the plea and issued a notice to the Centre, seeking their response to the public interest litigation (PIL).

Journalists Kishorechandra Wangkhemcha and Kanhaiya Lal Shukla filed the PIL arguing that the sedition law violated the freedom of speech and expression.

They themselves were charged under Section 124A for raising questions against their respective state governments as well as the Centre.

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Petition mentioned the misuse, misapplication, and abuse of Section 124-A happening frequently since 1962.