'Sedition law should not be abolished, guidelines need to be issued': Attorney General

New Delhi:

India’s Attorney General KK Venugopal on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that the sedition law (Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code) should not be scrapped, but said there is a need to issue guidelines on the applicability of the section.

During the hearing in the apex court, the Attorney General said there is a need to see what is permissible and what is not under the law.

The Attorney General said, “The sedition law should not be scrapped, but guidelines are needed on this section. What is allowed, what is unacceptable and what can come under sedition, needs to be seen.”

“You have seen what is happening in the country. Yesterday, someone was detained as they wanted Hanuman Chalisa to be recited, they have now been released on bail,” Venugopal said in reference to the Maharashtra controversy surrounding MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband.

The Solicitor General, representing the Centre, sought time to file a reply in the matter challenging the constitutional validity of the sedition law.

The SG said that a draft response on the sedition law has been prepared by the lawyers and it needs to be approved by the competent authority before filing it.

The SG requested the court to adjourn the hearing to allow the government to file its reply.


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