Supreme Court Has Over-Cautiously Kept Section 124A In Abeyance Till It Is Reviewed By Government Says Senior Advocate Vivek Sood
The law of sedition needs to be reviewed as stated by the Prime Minister. I am sure the Government will bring a law re-defining sedition with checks against its misuse by the police. In my view, the Supreme Court has over-cautiously kept section 124A in abeyance till it’s reviewed by the government. Rather than put the law in a comatose, the Apex Court should have brought in checks against misuse till the review by the government. For instance, before arrest of the accused the police would give him two weeks to obtain protection against arrest from the competent court. The innocents would get the court’s protection from arrest while those instigating insurgency and terrorism would go to jail. The Supreme Court proceeds on the assumption as if every case of sedition is false, which in my view is incorrect.