His grandnephew Sugata Bose pointed out that several colonial-era laws, which were used to try silence freedom fighters are still being used by the government.
The law, as it stands today, has many flaws and loopholes making it amenable to large scale abuse and misuse by some politicians and overzealous policemen, it said.
The five who were arrested are members of the General Association of Hong Kong Speech Therapists, according to local media reports.
The Supreme Court last week observed that Section 124 (A) of the IPC -- offence of sedition -- has been enormously misused and asked the Centre why it was not repealing the provision.
Human rights activist and advocate Baburaj said Vombatkere has been a notable voice in environment and heritage issues related to Mysuru.
A bench headed by the CJI N V Ramana on Thursday flagged the misuse and asked the Centre why it was not repealing the provision used by the British to silence people like Mahatma Gandhi.
Several Opposition leaders and civil society activists hailed the apex court for the observation and expressed the hope that the legislation would be "thrown out"
Significantly, the petition was filed on the day when a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana expressed concern over "enormous misuse" of the law.
Several Opposition leaders and civil society activists hailed the apex court for the observation and expressed the hope that the legislation would be "thrown out".
The Chief Justice said that the apex court would look into the plea challenging the Constitutional validity of Section 124A.
A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana, A S Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy directed the petitioner to serve a copy of the plea to the Attorney General K K Venugopal.
Revanth Reddy also asked for the number of cases filed against activists, farmers, and journalists from 2019 to January 26, 2021.