Officials said that out of the cases registered, charge sheets were filed in 141 cases while only six persons were convicted for the crime in a span of six years. According to the data, out of 54 cases registered in Assam, chargesheets were filed in 26 cases and trial was completed in 25 cases. However, not a single case was convicted between 2014 and 2019.
What do the state wise figures say
Jharkhand registered 40 cases under section 124(A) during six years, out of which charge sheets were filed in 29 cases and trial was completed in 16 cases. Of all these cases registered in the state, only one person was convicted. In Haryana, 31 cases were registered under the sedition law with the filing of charge sheets in 19 cases and trial completed in six cases. Here too only one person was convicted. In Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala, 25 cases have been registered under the sedition law.
Between 2014 and 2019, 17 cases of sedition were registered in Uttar Pradesh and eight in West Bengal. Chargesheets were filed in eight cases in Uttar Pradesh and five in West Bengal, with no one convicted in both the states. Delhi recorded four cases during this period. In none of the cases charge sheet was filed and no one was convicted. No sedition case was registered in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli during the six-year period.
One case each of sedition was registered in Maharashtra (in 2015), Punjab (2015), and Uttarakhand (2017). According to the data of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the highest number of 93 cases of sedition were registered in the country in 2019. In the year 2018, 70 such cases were registered, followed by 51 in 2017, 47 in 2014, 35 in 2016 and 30 in 2015.
Central government will reconsider the sedition law
The Center on Monday requested the Supreme Court not to spend time studying the constitutional validity of the sedition law. The central government said that it has decided to re-study and reconsider the sedition law by an appropriate forum. The Home Ministry, in an affidavit filed in the apex court, said that its decision is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s views on getting rid of colonial things and he has been in favor of respect for civil liberties and human rights and in the same spirit more than 1,500 obsolete The existing laws have been abolished.