The Supreme Court on Friday (30 April 2021) issued notice to the Centre on a plea challenging the Constitutional validity of sedition law.
A bench of Justices U ULalit, Indira Banerjee and K M Joseph sought the Centre’s response on a plea filed by two journalists who have urgedthe court to declare Section 124-A of IPC as unconstitutional.
The two journalists – Kishorechandra Wangkhemcha from Manipur and Kanhaiya Lal Shukla from Chhattisgarh contended that the provision infringes upon fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 19 (1) (a) of Indian Constitution. They said that they were charged with sedition for questioning the Centre and state governments, and for comments and cartoons shared by them on Facebook.
Alleging frequent misuse and misapplication of Section 124-A of IPC since 1962, they said that its “abuse” shows its vagueness and uncertainty, which, in turn, exerts a “chilling effect” on individuals’ democratic freedoms.