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No proposal under consideration to scrap Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)

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Stating the Government of India position ,Law Minister Kiren Rijiju informed the Lok Sabha that the  section 124 A of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) 1860 which deals with sedition in sub -judice before the Supreme Court and the government has no intention of scrapping the section.

Sedition law  in India 

Section 124 A which defines sedition was introduced by the British in 1870 by amending the Indian Penal Code (IPC) 1860. 

It defines sedition as :

"Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards, the Government established by law in [India], shall be punished with [imprisonment for life], to which fine may be added, or with imprisonment which may extend to three years, to which fine may be added."

  • The law was used by the British to target the freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi , Bal Gangadhar Tilak etc and to crush the freedom struggle .
  • After Independence there was demand to scrap the section as it was against the spirit of democracy and liberty.
  •  In 1961 the Punjab  High Court held that the sedition law violated the freedom of speech guaranteed under article 19 and declared it unconstitutional. 
  • In the Kedar Nath Vs State of Bihar 1962 supreme court upheld the constitutional validity of the section 124 A.

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