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No new FIR should be registered, Supreme Court stayed all action in sedition case


New Delhi: Supreme court (Supreme Court) has treason ,Sedition Law) and directed the Center and the states not to register any fresh FIR on charges of sedition until the government re-looks at the law. Chief Justice N. A bench of Justice V. Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli said that all pending cases, appeals and proceedings relating to the charge of sedition should be kept adjourned.

The bench said the relief granted to the accused by the courts would continue. It said the petitions challenging the validity of the provision would be heard in the third week of July and by then the Center would have time to revisit the provision. Earlier, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, had advised the bench that a Superintendent of Police (SP) rank officer may be given the responsibility of supervising the FIRs registered on charges of sedition.

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Mehta told the bench that registration of FIRs on charges of sedition cannot be stopped as the provision deals with a cognizable offense and was upheld by a Constitution Bench in 1962. The Center suggested to the court in respect of pending cases of sedition that bail petitions in such cases can be heard expeditiously, as the government is not aware of the gravity of every case and these are related to aspects like terrorism, money laundering. can be.

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The law officer said that ultimately the pending cases are before the judicial forum and we need to trust the courts. The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Center to explain within 24 hours its views on the issue of protecting the interests of citizens till the colonial-era law on sedition is reconsidered by an appropriate forum. The top court is hearing various petitions challenging the constitutionality of the sedition law.

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