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Filed by lawyer Sanjjiiv Kkumaar, the plea also seeks to charge the J&K politicians with other charges including sedition and inciting hatred
Sedition cases under the BJP-led government have been slapped against militant groups, individuals, RTI activists, journalists and several others.
The minority department of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) faced criticism for inviting Kanhaiya Kumar and Shehla Rashid, who face sedition charges, to an event in an election year.
Constituent Assembly debated Section 124A’s offensive nature and the possibility that it will be misused to jail government’s critics.
Every political party questions the wisdom of retaining the sedition law, but only when they are in opposition.
The Delhi police had filed the chargesheet against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised in 2016
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Ten JNU students, including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya have been charge-sheeted under the sedition law for raising ‘anti-India’ slogans in 2016. Meanwhile, in Assam, scholar and Sahitya Akademi awardee Hiren Gohain has been charged with sedition for a speech he delivered against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, along with journalist Manjit Mahanta and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti chief Akhil Gogoi. ThePrint asks: Does sedition law apply to JNU & Assam cases or is it being used as tool to stifle dissent? Sedition law is a colonial remnant and needs to be scrapped Kapil Sibal Senior leader, Congress There is no iota of doubt that the sedition law needs to be scrapped right away. It is a remnant of the colonial era and there is no place for it in 21st century India. It was used in colonial era to force people to fall into line and it is being used today by the...
Arun Jaitley had criticised the SC order quashing the NJAC in 2015, but a judicial magistrate ordered that he be tried for sedition and encouraging mutiny.
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