Law Commission Subgroups to Deliberate on Sedition Laws

In the midst of controversy regarding the slapping of sedition charges, the Union government today said in the Lok Sabha that, the Law Commission has intimated that it has identified certain key ares and formed subgroups to ponder over the allegations of abuse and arbitrary use of the law.

While replying to the questions on whether the government has taken serious note of the issue, Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said  that the Ministry of Law and Justice has requested the Law Commission of India to study the usage of the provisions of Section 124A (Sedition) of Indian Penal Code, 1860.

“On December 11, 2014, the Law Commission has intimated that they have identified certain focus areas and formed subgroups to deliberate on such issues,” he said in reply to a written question.

The government’s response came amidst the raging row over slapping of sedition law against president of Jawaharlal Nehru University students union Kanhaiya Kumar for allegedly raising anti-India slogans. After that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and six other persons were also booked under sedition charges at a police station in Telangana on Saturday.

The move followed a district court directive on a plea by a city-based advocate, seeking action for their extending support to Jawaharlal Nehru University students accused of sedition.