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.
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.