The Supreme Court suspended criminal trials and court proceedings under Section 124A of Indian Penal Code while allowing the Union of India to reconsider the law.
Recently, Union home minister Amit Shah had disclosed plans to amend the IPC and CrPC and present them before Parliament.
The veteran leader, who took four more oaths, requested his opponent Droupadi Murmu, candidate of the BJP-led NDA alliance, to make a similar announcement.
All parties welcome Supreme Court ruling, demand that the law should be scrapped even before Centre’s review exercise
That Justice Ramana does not have too much time he is due to retire on August 26 must have weighed on the judicial minds when the Bench sought to expedite the hearing.
Centre told SC that it would send guidelines, if approved, to states and union territories for preventing abuse by ensuring that FIR in sedition cases would be registered only after SP is satisfied.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that all pending trials, appeals and proceedings with respect to the charge framed under the sedition law be kept in abeyance till the re-examination
Party spokesperson Nalin Kohli noted that the Modi government has so far removed over 1,500 archaic and obsolete laws and over 25,000 compliances to make citizens' lives easier.
The bench, also comprising justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohil, directed the Centre and states to not register any fresh FIR invoking sedition charges until the sedition law is "under reconsideration".
The apex court on Wednesday put on hold the colonial-era law and directed the government not to file new FIRs till it was re-examined
"We fought against the British, the sedition law was heaped upon the crores and lakhs of Congressmen by the British and that law needs to go now," Cong spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioners, said people are being arrested because of this provision and this would not be right for them.
The central govt in a fresh affidavit before the SC had said that it has decided to reconsider and re-examine the provision (Section 124A of Indian Penal Code, 1860) dealing with the sedition law
In the Kedar Nath Singh vs State of Bihar case in 1962, a Constitution bench had upheld the sedition law.
The central government in an affidavit has said that it is committed to maintaining and protecting the sovereignty of the nation as well as removing outdated colonial laws
The colonial-era law, universally seen as draconian, has come up before the Supreme Court. The Centre has argued that it’s a good law and the only point to ponder is how to prevent its misuse
The Supreme Court, in 1962, had upheld the validity of the sedition law while attempting to restrict its scope for misuse.
The plea elaborates that whether a speech will cause disorder or not depends not only on its content but also on the nature of the listener, his opportunities and the state of the country at the time
The top court will be hearing pleas by the Editors Guild of India, former army officer Major General SG Vombatkere and several others that have challenged this provision in the IPC
Several pleas challenging the colonial law are pending before the top court.