Ban in the sedition law will continue; Supreme Court has given time to the central government to take "appropriate steps"
The Supreme Court, while continuing the stay in the sedition law, has given the central government more time to take "appropriate steps". Along with this, the top court has also issued a notice to the central government and asked it to respond within 6 weeks.
Several petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the sedition law, a hearing in which the court asked the government to amend it by extending the time limit of the order restraining the registration of FIR under the controversial sedition law. given more time. In fact, Attorney General R Venkataramani from a bench of CJI Uday Umesh Lalit, Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Bela M Trivedi said that the Center should be given some more time as the government can bring something about it in the winter session of Parliament, after which the top The court has given more time to the government.
With this, Attorney General R Venkataramani, the supreme law officer, said that the issue is sub-judice with the concerned authorities. Apart from this, due to the interim order of May 11, this law is not a cause for concern as it has been put on hold.
Earlier, on May 11 this year, the Supreme Court, while issuing a historic order, stayed the sedition law until the government reviews this law, after which FIR is not being registered under it across the country. . Along with this, people jailed on charges of sedition have been asked to go to court for bail.
A bench headed by CJI Uday Umesh Lalit has asked the matter to be heard in the second week of January 2023 next year on petitions challenging the law.
The British government used the sedition law during the rule of India mainly to suppress dissent, and imprison Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and other freedom fighters. The Editors Guild of India, Major General (Retd) SG Wombatkere, former Union Minister Arun Shourie and the People's Union for Civil Liberties have filed petitions against the sedition law. It has been said through the petitions that freedom of expression is curtailed, which is a fundamental right.