Govt may bring changes in sedition law in upcoming winter session of Parliament: Centre to SC

31 October, 2022 | Pragati Singh

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The Centre informed the Supreme Court on Monday that the government may amend the sedition statute under Section 124 (A) of the Indian Penal Code during the approaching winter session of Parliament.

The Centre informed the Supreme Court on Monday that the government may amend the sedition statute under Section 124 (A) of the Indian Penal Code during the approaching winter session of Parliament.

The Supreme Court was hearing appeals against the sedition law.

In several of the petitions challenging the sedition statute, the Supreme Court also issued a notice to the Centre. The Supreme Court, chaired by Chief Justice of India Uday Umesh Lalit, has scheduled hearings on the constitutional viability of the sedition statute for the second week of January.

Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code criminalizes the offence of sedition.

Earlier in May, the Supreme Court gave directions that the controversial sedition law will be on hold till the government reviews it and those in jail can approach courts for bail.

The Supreme Court had ordered that Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code which criminalizes the offence of sedition be kept in abeyance till the government’s exercise of reviewing the law is complete.
A bench of then Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant, and Hima Kohli also asked the Central government and States not to register any cases under Section 124A.

It had added that if such cases are registered in the future, the parties are at liberty to approach the court and the court has to expeditiously dispose of the same, the bench added.

The apex court had also said that those already booked under Section 124A IPC and are in jail can approach the concerned courts for bail.

“It would be appropriate to put the provision on abeyance,” the bench had ordered.

Allowing the Central Government to re-examine and reassess the terms of Section 124A, the Supreme Court stated that it would be desirable not to use the provision of law until the re-examination was completed.