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On August 11, 2023, Home Minister Amit Shah introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to amend three 163-year-old laws. This also includes abolishing the sedition law.
The petition challenging the 152 year old sedition law will be heard in the Supreme Court today. This case will be heard by the bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Mishra.
Earlier on May 1, the Central Government had told the Supreme Court that Section 124A of the IPC, which makes treason a crime, is being reviewed. After this the court adjourned the hearing.
However, even before the date of hearing, on August 11, 2023, Home Minister Amit Shah introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to amend three 163-year-old laws. This also includes abolishing the sedition law.
Law Commission said- Sedition law is necessary
The Law Commission had submitted its report to the government on June 2. The Commission said that Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code needs to be retained in the IPC. There is no valid reason to remove it. However, some amendments may be made to provide greater clarity regarding the application of the law.
The Law Commission had given these proposals to the Central Government on June 2, 2023.
The Supreme Court had imposed a ban last year
The Supreme Court has given an order in 2022 that until the re-examination process of Section 124A of IPC is completed, no case will be registered under it. The court had also stayed the action in already registered cases. The court had also said that under this section, accused in jail can also appeal for bail.
Five parties had filed 10 petitions in the Supreme Court
A petition challenging the sedition law was filed by five parties including Editors Guild of India, TMC MP Mahua Moitra. The petitioners in the case say that this law is not needed in today’s time.
treason is no longer treason
On August 11, the last day of the monsoon session, Union Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the bill in the Lok Sabha to abolish the British-era laws. The biggest change is regarding the treason law, which will be brought in a new form.
In this bill, the word ‘treason’ will be replaced by the word ‘treason’ of the British era. The provisions are more stringent. Now under Section 150, any act against the nation, whether spoken or written or done by sign or picture or electronic means, can be punished with imprisonment from 7 years to life.
Threatening the unity and sovereignty of the country would be a crime. The word terrorism also defined. Currently, under Section 124A of the IPC, the punishment for treason ranges from 3 years to life imprisonment.
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Why did Modi government change its stand on treason?
Modi government has proposed to abolish these 3 basic laws made by the British and bring 3 new laws. There is also mention of sedition law in this. Presently it is under section 124 of the Indian Penal Code i.e. IPC. According to NCRB, 86 people were arrested through this law in 2021. Home Minister Shah has said in the Lok Sabha that we are completely abolishing this law. Read the full news…