Thursday, August 11, 2022

Ashwani Kumar welcomes SC’s order on sedition case, calls it a ‘historic order’

Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar praised the Supreme Court’s “historic ruling” to put the sedition law on hold and urged the federal government and states not to file any FIRs under it.

Kumar stated that the Supreme Court’s interim judgement is not only correct, but also sensitive to the nation.

Kumar explained, “In the face of clear and brazen violation of colonial-era law, the right order has been granted. The only way ahead is for the law’s operation and execution to be suspended until the government completes its review.”

The former Law Minister further indicated that he is satisfied with the order and supports the progress.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ordered that Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises sedition, be put on hold until the government analyses the law.

A panel comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli also directed the Centre and states not to file any proceedings under Section 124A.

It went on to say that if similar issues arise in the future, the parties are free to approach the court, and the court must act quickly to resolve them.

The Supreme Court further stated that persons who have been arrested under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code and are now incarcerated can seek bail from the appropriate courts.

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