Opposition events on Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court’s resolution to place on maintain the colonial-era sedition legislation, saying that the voice of truth couldn’t be suppressed and the draconian legislation ought to be scrapped to uphold free speech within the nation.
While the Congress mentioned the highest court docket’s order despatched a transparent message that “you can no longer suppress the voice of truth”, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) hit out on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the Centre over its “gross abuse of the law”.
“Telling the truth is patriotism, not treason”, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi mentioned in a tweet. “Listening to the truth is one’s duty. Crushing the truth is arrogance. Don’t be afraid,” he added.
Putting on maintain the sedition legislation, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the registration of FIRs, ongoing probes and coercive measures on the matter throughout the nation till an “appropriate forum” of the federal government re-examines the colonial-era penal legislation.
“SC once again played a historic role…” Trinamool Congress (TMC) nationwide spokesperson Sukhendu Sekhar Ray tweeted.
The Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala mentioned talking truth to energy cannot be sedition for it’s “true nationalism and the true test” of how dedicated one is to the nation and to the folks.
“Supreme Court has finally spoken in a historical verdict by staying the sedition law. A clear cut message has gone today to suppressors and subjugators of public opinion, of dissent, of everyone who criticises the autocratic and dictatorial rulers and their policies, that you can no longer suppress the voice of truth, dissent, those critical of government must be heard and course corrections need to be done,” Surjewala mentioned in an announcement.
The Congress had promised this in its 2019 manifesto, the Supreme Court has lastly spoken and the Constitution will likely be upheld and the voice of truth and people talking truth to energy will lastly have their means, Surjewala mentioned.
Noting that there was a have to steadiness the curiosity of civil liberties and pursuits of residents with these of the state, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Wednesday listed the matter within the third week of July and mentioned its instructions shall proceed until additional orders.
TMC MP Mahua Moitra, one of many petitioners who sought scrapping of the legislation, mentioned it was a “great day for democracy”.
Sharing a replica of the court docket order, she tweeted: “Victory! Supreme Court stays Sec 124A- no new cases can be filed, existing cases can apply for bail & release immediately. Thank you to my lawyer Sr. Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayan for his 1 pager which swung the day!”
CPI(M) basic secretary Sitaram Yechury mentioned his celebration had all the time opposed the legislation. “It (sedition law) is anachronistic, brought in by the British to crush our freedom struggle and it has no place in the statute book in independent India. It is good that the Supreme Court, hearing this case, has now ordered that this section must be kept in abeyance, stayed all pending proceedings, and directed the central and state governments not to register new cases,” he mentioned.
The Centre’s resolution to review the legislation is specious because it has been grossly misusing the identical to harass all types of dissent, Yechury mentioned. “Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government came into office in 2014, at least 326 people have been arrested under the law and only six of them were convicted by the courts. This is gross abuse of the law that is happening under the Modi government. The sedition law should be scrapped. We hope the Supreme Court does this when it resumes the hearing in July,” he added.
AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh additionally welcomed the Supreme Court’s resolution and alleged that the BJP was utilizing it to suppress these elevating voice in opposition to its authorities.
Former legislation minister Ashwani Kumar additionally welcomed the “historic order” of the highest court docket, and urged the Centre and states to chorus from registering any FIRs below it. He mentioned the interim order shouldn’t be solely proper however can be in accordance with the sensitivity of the nation.
“Right order has been given in the face of the blatant and brazen abuse of the colonial-era law. The only way forward is to keep operation and the implementation of the law in abeyance till the government completes the review process,” Kumar instructed information company ANI.