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Supreme Court dumps petition challenging 'colonial' sedition law

The Apex Court rejected the petition filed by three advocates who claimed in their petition that the sedition law is a colonial relic which was used by the British against Indian freedom fighters.

Supreme Court rejects petition against colonial sedition law-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Feb 9, 2021, 12:45 PM IST
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The Supreme Court has rejected a petition challenging the validity of Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code which enumerates punishment for sedition.

The Apex Court rejected the petition filed by three advocates who claimed in their petition that the sedition law is a colonial relic which was used by the British against Indian freedom fighters.

Dismissing the petition, a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde said that the petitioners had no cause to challenge the provision of the IPC.

Citing the Kusum Ingots case, CJI Bobde said that a law cannot be challenged without a cause of action.

Ignoring the contention that the matter was of public interest and rejecting the PIL, the court asked the petitioners to come before it with a concrete case.

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