Supreme Court’s decision on sedition law – people in jail under 124A go to court for bail

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New Delhi: During the ongoing hearing regarding the sedition law, the Supreme Court has given a big decision. The top court has said that those who are in jail under section 124A of this law, should go to the court for bail. Earlier, the Solicitor General said that the government cannot stop the police from registering cognizable offenses under the provision of sedition, but cases of 124A should be registered only after the recommendation of a competent officer (SP rank). This can be done. He also said that pending sedition cases can be reviewed. In cases registered under 124A, bail can be considered at the earliest.

The Supreme Court said three important things about this case. At present, no case will be registered in this case. In the second pending case, the cases which are registered under this section will be kept in cold storage. All these orders will remain in force until the court gives any further order or the government does not take any decision on it.

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Giving a big decision on Wednesday, the Supreme Court banned the registration of any new case under the sedition law. The Bench of Chief Justice NV Raman, while allowing the Central Government to reconsider Section 124A of the Sedition Act, said that it would not be appropriate to use this provision till then. Until this review process is completed. He expressed hope that neither the Center nor the state government will register a case under it till the process of reconsidering 124A is completed. The court also said that those who are in jail under 124A, should go to the court for bail.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told Chief Justice N. V. Ramana, Justice Surya Kant, and Justice Hima Kohli that the registration of FIR on the charge of sedition cannot be stopped, as the provision deals with a cognizable offense and was upheld by a Constitution Bench in 1962. The Center suggested to the court in respect of pending cases of sedition that bail petitions in such cases can be heard expeditiously, as the government is not aware of the gravity of every case and these are related to aspects like terrorism, money laundering. can be.