Following the Supreme Court route to stay in abeyance all pending trials, appeals, and complaints with admire to the fee framed underneath Section 124A, which offers with the offence of sedition, a number of senior politicians belonging to more than a few events voiced their opinion on the apex court’s decision.
Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju stated whilst he “respected the court and its independence,” there’s a “Lakshman Rekha”, or a line not meant to be crossed.
We’ve made our positions very transparent & additionally knowledgeable the court docket about goal of our PM. We admire the court docket & its independence. But there’s a ‘Lakshman Rekha’ (line) that will have to be revered by way of all organs of the state in letter & spirit:Law Min Kiren Rijiju on SC staying sedition pic.twitter.com/Z4vR0FUmvt
— ANI (@ANI) May 11, 2022
Congress hails Supreme Court determination
The Congress hailed the Supreme Court determination announcing a transparent lower message has long past to subjugators of dissent that “you can no longer suppress the voice of truth” and the ones crucial of the federal government will have to be heard.
Former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi stated, “Telling the truth is patriotism, not treason and listening to the truth is ‘Rajdharma‘, while crushing the truth is arrogance. Do not fear.”
सच बोलना देशभक्ति है, देशद्रोह नहीं।
सच कहना देश प्रेम है, देशद्रोह नहीं।
सच सुनना राजधर्म है,
सच कुचलना राजहठ है।
डरो मत! pic.twitter.com/AvbWVxKh6p
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 11, 2022
Free Speech may not be throttled by way of autocrats: Randeep Singh Surjewala
Welcoming the SC order, Congress basic secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala stated that the apex court docket’s newest verdict sends a clear message — “free Speech will not be throttled by autocrats & dictators masquerading as rulers”.
“Suppressors and subjugators sitting in citadels of power be forewarned,” the Congress chief tweeted quickly after the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict. “Speaking truth to power can’t be sedition and status quo will change,” he stated in a tweet shared by the use of his respectable deal with.
Supreme Court has despatched a transparent message.
Suppressors & subjugators sitting in citadels of energy be forewarned – Free Speech may not be throttled by way of autocrats & dictators masquerading as rulers. Speaking fact to energy can’t be sedition & established order will trade. https://t.co/oMj7jRT0Vb
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) May 11, 2022
TMC requires sedition legislation’s abolition
The TMC on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s determination, contending that the “draconian law” must be scrapped.
“SC once again played a historic role. It has held that all pending cases, appeals and proceedings with respect to charges of sedition framed under 124A of IPC be kept in abeyance and not to use this provision till further reexamination is over. Kudos,” TMC nationwide spokesperson Sukhendu Sekhar Ray tweeted.
Later whilst speaking to newshounds, Ray stated the draconian “British-era law should be scrapped”.
SC as soon as once more performed ancient function. It has held that each one pending circumstances, appeals and complaints with admire to fees of sedition framed underneath 124A of IPC be saved in abeyance and to not use this provision until additional reexamination is over. KUDOS.
— Sukhendu Sekhar Ray (@Sukhendusekhar) May 11, 2022
Mahua Moitra phrases the order a ‘victory’
Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra termed it a victory. She additional discussed that it used to be a perfect day for democracy. “The Sediton law stands stayed. Kudos to the Supreme Court,” she famous.
Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar additionally welcomed the “historic order” and steered the Centre and states to chorus from registering any FIRs underneath it, information company ANI reported.
Soon after the decision got here out, AIMIM leader and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi shared an editorial on Twitter he had written for a information mag final yr titled “Section 124A is not necessary to prevent insurrection.”
Prashant Bhushan lauds apex court docket, Yechury says the legislation must be scrapped
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan stated: “Salute to the SC for this fine interim order preventing the rampant misuse of the sedition law.”
Welcoming the SC order, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury expressed hope that the apex court docket would totally strike down the argument. Speaking to the media previous within the day, Yechury stated that the CPM has all the time been towards reserving electorate underneath this legislation.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti stated: “If our country continues to slap sedition charges on students, activists and journalists, our situation will become worse than Sri Lanka. I hope that the BJP learns a lesson from the neighbouring country and stop communal tensions and majoritarianism.”
In the intervening time, the CPI issued a commentary welcoming the decision by way of the Supreme Court and reiterated its call for to scrap the legislation. It claimed that the birthday party’s constant place in this stood vindicated.
“The party notes that the apex court has even ruled that no new FIR will be lodged under this sedition law until the Centre re-examines the provisions of this British-era law, which has been challenged in the Supreme Court. CPI general secretary D Raja in 2011 itself had moved a private member’s Bill in Rajya Sabha demanding scrapping of section 124A of IPC, the sedition law clause, which is an anti-democratic dictatorial law which after over a decade, the highest court of the country has stayed for further decisions. The directive of the Supreme Court on sedition law is vindication of the consistent position of the CPI,” the commentary stated.