The Editors Guild and other parties have filed a plea to challenge the validity of the sedition law, a colonial-era penal provision, which is set to be heard by the Supreme Court on Monday. The Indian government is expected to inform the court of the steps taken to review the sedition law, which has been a contentious issue for some time.
Last year on October 31, the Supreme Court had put a hold on the sedition law and the registration of FIRs (First Information Reports) following its May 11 directive. The government was given additional time to take appropriate steps for reviewing the provision.
The sedition law, which was originally introduced by the British during their rule over India, criminalizes any attempt to bring hatred or contempt against the government or to incite violence. The law has been criticized by many as being used to stifle dissent and curtail freedom of speech.
The Editors Guild, a professional body of journalists, has been at the forefront of the campaign against the sedition law. The Guild argues that the law is being used to intimidate journalists and prevent them from carrying out their duty of holding those in power accountable.
Several high-profile cases have been filed under the sedition law in recent years, including those against journalists, activists, and students. In many cases, the accused have been arrested and detained for months without trial.
Critics of the law argue that it is unconstitutional and violates the right to free speech enshrined in the Indian Constitution. They also point out that several other countries, including the United Kingdom, have abolished the sedition law.
Supporters of the sedition law, on the other hand, argue that it is necessary to maintain public order and national security. They contend that the law is not being misused and that those who are charged with sedition have indeed made statements or taken actions that are a threat to the state.
The issue of the sedition law has been a contentious one in India for some time now, and the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday is expected to have far-reaching consequences. If the court strikes down the law, it would be a significant victory for those who have been fighting against it. On the other hand, if the court upholds the law, it would be a blow to the freedom of speech and the right to dissent.