“Inspired by the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (75th Independence Day celebrations), the Government of India has decided to reconsider the provisions of Section 124A of the Sedition Act in anticipation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” she said. Asked the court to wait for the review through ‘effective discussion’. The Editors’ Guild of India, Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra, and others asked not to waste time on the petitions filed.
Criticisms abound that the anti-colonial treason law is being abused. The Supreme Court also dismissed the central government in July last year. Notices were issued to the Center asking them not to repeal this law brought by the British of the day to silence nationalist leaders like Gandhiji in the freedom struggle.
The central government, which upheld the treason law during Saturday’s hearing, recalled that in 1962, the Constitutional Tribunal upheld its validity. It has faced ‘time testing’ for six decades, and a rethink on abuse can never be justified.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana made it clear last Thursday that it would hear arguments this week on the review of the 1962 judgment. At the same time the center tended to reconsider dramatically. In 1962, the Supreme Court upheld the validity of the Treason Act. However, the law sought to limit the scope of the abuse. Made it clear that criticism of the government could not be considered a crime of treason unless it incited or called for violence.
However, in recent times, cases have been filed under the Act to suppress dissent in the country, to target critics of the central and state governments, and to harass journalists, rights activists and the opposition.