The Supreme Court will today hear two petitions challenging the constitutional validity of sedition under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. The apex court will hear the petitions of Editor’s Guild of India and former army officer Major General SG Wombatkere.
The top court had in July last year indicated it was ready to hear the petition. The Center was asked why it did not repeal the provision used to silence people like Mahatma Gandhi to suppress the freedom movement. The petition, filed by Major General SG Wombatkere (Retd), states that Section 124A of the IPC is against Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution.
Some petitions challenging the British law are pending in the Supreme Court. Justice in April 2021. We. We. Lalit had issued the notice on petitions filed by two journalists Kishore Chandra Wangkhemcha and Kanhaiyalal Shukla from Manipur and Chhattisgarh respectively. He had requested the Supreme Court to declare the section of sedition unconstitutional. The petition, filed by the journalists, said that Section 124-A is unnecessary to protect the interests of the security of the state and public order.
After the BJP government came to power at the Centre, anti-government protesters were sent to jail on charges of sedition. This includes students and social workers. A few days ago in Mumbai, MP Navneet Rana and MLA Ravi Rana were also accused of sedition and sedition for instigating the Chief Minister and the government.