Many things have changed since January 26, 1950, when our Founding Fathers gifted us this Republic. While we have established our government and fundamental laws, we need to examine whether the separation of powers between the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature operates as it should.
Section 124A of IPC has been used to intimidate, silence and punish journalists. Unless the provision is deleted from IPC, it will continue to 'haunt and hinder' the full realisation of the right to free speech and the freedom of press, said the plea in Supreme Court
The Foundation of Media Professionals has filed an intervention application before the Supreme Court in the petition challenging the constitutional validity of Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code, which penalises the crime of sedition
On a Media One TV debate, Aisha Sultana had said the Centre was trying a biological weapon against the people of Lakshadweep by changing laws. Police booked her for sedition for this comment. Now, she has got anticipatory bail from the Kerala High Court.
The sedition law, under which Gandhi and his freedom fighters were jailed, has been reviled and condemned as anachronistic and an imperialist hand-me-down. It has also been challenged in court. But it still flourishes.