Supreme court hears plea for declaring section. 124 A (IPC) as Ultra Vires

SC hears a plea urging to declare the law against sedition under section 124 A IPC as in contravention to Constitution. Adv. Aditya Ranjan, Varun Thakur & V. Elenchezhiyal representing the petitioner side files the plea as they are immensely aggrieved by the highly blunt misuse of the law for sedition in a country where democracy and constitution are supreme. They urge that section 124 A violates the fundamental right of an individual u/A 19(1) A & 21.

They also deem that this sedition law by the virtue of its highly penalizing capacity; against journalists, women, children, students, and other person is misused. The plea also cites the observation of SC in the case of Balwant Singh v. the State of Punjab in which the court clarifies that only shouting slogans like “Khalistan zindabad “does not amount to sedition.

The plea also states that one should consider speech as a free, fair, and liberal spirit as a whole. Sec. 124 A is in view to curtail the purview of the fundamental right to speech and expression. The plea contains highly supportive case laws showing such cases which give a levy in the interpretation of sedition law.

At last, the plea seeks directions from the govt. so that they can instruct their respective police personnel and DGP’s to ensure that the directions are given in the Kedarnath case and Balwant Singh case must be strictly followed in which the interpretation of sec. 124 A IPC has given a liberal approach to its interpretation.

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