Supreme court order on Sedition Law – Can approach courts for Bail

If any fresh case is registered under Section 124A dealing with sedition, affected parties are at liberty to approach concerned courts for Bail, says The Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court noticed that before re-examination of IPC Section 124A (dead with the offence of sedition), it would not be accurate to continue using the sedition law.

The Supreme Court gave out the information and expects from the Centres and States that they may not register any FIRs and to not continue any further investigation or take any violent measures by invoking the provisions of Section 124A till re-examination completes.

The Supreme Court has been hearing appeals which challenge the constitutional validity of the IPC Section dealing with sedition law.

That’s why the supreme court has asked for the re-examination of the IPC Section.

Here are some of the highlights of the Supreme Court interlude orders :-

•The Court says, ‘ it hopes and expects from the Centres and States that they may not register any FIRs and to not continue any further investigation or take any violent measures by invoking the provisions of Section 124A till re-examination completes’,

•Any fresh case comes up under section 124A then the accused are set free to approach the court’s for applying Bail.

‘The Courts are requested to examine the reliefs taking into account the present order as well as the clear stand taken by Union of India’, says, the three – judge bench presided by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana ruled.

•The procedure of granting Bail to the accused under this provision of law will continue to practice until new details.

•Those who are already accused under this Section and are currently in Jail, they can also approach court’s for the Bail.

•The hearing on this petition challenging the Constitutional validity of the pre-colonial law is postponed by the Apex court till the third week of July, till then the Supreme court has given time to the Centre to ‘reconsider and re-examine the provision’.

Also, the Centre advised that the FIRs falling under Section 124A can be registered only if the Chief officer of the district (Superintendent of Police) is satisfied and records his satisfaction in writing that the following offence supposedly involves section 124A as analysed by the Supreme Court, as it happened in the Dua case.