New Delhi: On Thursday, the Supreme Court questioned the center about the usefulness of enacting sedition laws after 75 years of independence. The court also expressed concern about the abuse of sedition laws by the police against those who oppose the government.
Ramana, a bench led by Chief Justice NV, said: “This is a colonial law used by the British to curb Mahatma Gandhi and Tillac. But is it necessary after 75 years of independence?” The Chief Justice told the Attorney General KK Venugopal, “I am showing what I am thinking.”
The judge cited continued use of section 66A of the TI Act, which has been repealed, and emphasized abuse of the law to arrest thousands of people for their opinions. The Supreme Court noted that the sedition law is not immune from police abuses against the government. “It is as if you gave a carpenter a saw and he cut down the entire forest. This is the impact of this law,” said the Chief Justice.
He further explained that even the police in a village can invoke the law of sedition, and all these issues need to be reviewed. “My concern is the abuse of the law. The enforcement agency is not responsible. I will investigate it,” said the Chief Justice.
The main judge said to AG, the government has already taken some ancient laws: “I do not know why he has not seen this law.” VinoGogopal responded that he fully understood the concern of the upper layer. He requested that the top layer could build a new guide to limit the use of sedation only for the protection of democratic persons and institutions. Venogor stands out instead of removing the whole law, which allows parameters to be built by use.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta insisted that once the Centre files its counter affidavit on the PIL by retired major general S.G. Vombatkere,the task of the court will be easier.