Supreme Court Rejects Plea Seeking Guidelines to Check Misuse of Sedition Law

Supreme Court of India

A plea was sought in the Supreme Court seeking to check the misuse of the sedition law, but the Supreme Court refused to enter the PIL. The PIL sought to check the misuse of sedition laws and the quashing of FIRs registered against several persons in connection with the Anti-Citizenship Amendment Act that was staged at a school in Bidar, Karnataka.

This decision by the Supreme Court came only a day after the district and sessions court granted anticipatory bail to five management representatives of the Shaheen Primary School in Bidar where the allegedly seditious play had taken place on January 21. The court cited a lack of material for prima facie case of sedition.

The court also said that the play has not caused any disharmony in the society.

The court had granted an anticipatory bail to all the people accused in the Bidar School in the alleged seditious play. The court also observed that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has had to complain about the dialogues used in the play to attract IPC section 504(intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace)in the case.

The case against the school management and select individuals in the matter of the staging of the play was registered on January 26 on a complaint from Neelesh Rakshyl, a local ctivist who had watched this play.


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