“The opportunity has arrived that part 124A (of the IPC; on subversion) be held as illegal”, said Justice Deepak Gupta. In response to oral submissions from CJI NV Ramana asking the Center whether it was still necessary to pursue the law of sedition, which had been used by the British to suppress the free movement, Judge Gupta expressed hope that when The case challenging the constitutionality of the rule has finally been heard by the Court, it will be extinguished.
Judge Gupta pointed out that in 1962 the Supreme Court’s Constitutional Court finally gave a clear definition of incitement to incitement to violence and public unrest in the Kedar Nath case. “Otherwise, your participation in the protest of farmers like Disha Ravi will not result in riot!” He remarked. The 22-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi was arrested by the police in Delhi in the “toolkit” case of the farmers’ protests.
The judge mentioned that the court led by Judge UU Lalit recently reiterated the law enacted in Kedar Nath in the Vinod Dua case, in which the Supreme Court revoked the FIR for sedition and other crimes filed against senior journalists. The reporter is the local leader of Himachal Pradesh’s People’s Party who made critical comments on the Prime Minister and the Federal Government on his YouTube program.