“Prime Minister has asked to review provisions of Sedition Act”: Justice Minister

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The Minister of Justice said the government would take into account the views of stakeholders.

New Delhi:

In a bid to preserve the sovereignty and integrity of the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his clear and unequivocal views in favor of protecting civil liberties, respecting human rights and giving meaning to constitutional freedoms, said Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju. In Monday.

His remarks came after the central government informed the Supreme Court on Monday that it had decided to review and reconsider the provisions of Section 124A which criminalizes the offense of sedition and asked it not to take up the matter. case until the matter is considered by the government.

In an exclusive interview with ANI, Mr. Rijiju said: “The Prime Minister has asked to review and reconsider the provisions of the Sedition Act. The Prime Minister had urged to remove the outdated law so that sedition in is also a part. We will change the law as the need arises. We do not believe in the abuse of the laws or any provision of the law.

He said a group of petitions are there relating to the offense of sedition as defined in Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code 1860, which are pending before the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court has already considered the issue of the constitutionality of the Sedition Act in the case of Kedarnath Singh v State of Bihar. Various divergent views were expressed by different sections of the Society, Rijiju said.

While there is unanimity on the need for a sedition law against offenses undermining the sovereignty and integrity of the country, acts leading to the destabilization of the government, concerns are raised about its application and its abuses, the minister said.

He added: “The Prime Minister has expressed his clear and unequivocal views in favor of the protection of civil liberties, the respect of human rights and the meaning of constitutional freedoms. The government has also taken various steps to remove outdated colonial laws and has removed over 1,500 laws since 2014-15. »

“After considering civil liberties and human rights concerns and our commitment to maintaining and protecting the sovereignty and integrity of the nation, the Prime Minister has ordered a review and reconsideration of the provision of 124A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860,” Mr Rijiju said.

The Justice Minister said the government will give due consideration to the views of stakeholders and ensure that the sovereignty and integrity of the nation is preserved while reviewing and reconsidering the sedition law. Hence, the government urged the court not to invest its valuable time in considering the validity of Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code 1860 and wait for the reconsideration exercise of Section 124A to be undertaken by the Indian government, Mr. Rijiju added.

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