The Supreme Court postponed a hearing on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of India’s sedition law, Section 124A, until July 27. In April, the court issued a directive of motion to revisit the 1962 Kedar Nath judgement on 124A.
While reviewing the case on Monday, a bench of Justices UU Lalit and Ajay Rastogi gave the Attorney General of India, KK Venugopal, and the Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta, 2 weeks to file their replies in regard to the notification issued during the previous hearing.
The current petition is based on Article 32 of the Indian Constitution.
The applicants argue that Section 124A obviously violates Article 19(1)(a) of the Indian Constitution, which provides all citizens with the right to freedom of speech and expression.
They have requested that the challenged section be declared illegal and void because the limitations placed by it is irrational and it does not meet the requirements of Article 19(2) of the Constitution.
The plaintiffs’ principal contention is that, although the Supreme Court might’ve been accurate nearly 60 years back, Section 124-A no longer meets constitutional muster now.