"There is a grey area which lies between actual sedition law and its implementation in India."Critically examine the statement giving your view against or in favour of section 124-A of Indian Penal code.

In the Ram Nandan vs. State (1958), the Allahabad High Court held section 124-A to be unconstitutional citing that the section restricts freedom of speech (Article 19), but the high court decision was overruled by Supreme Court in the Kedarnath Singh v State of Bihar (1962).The court stated that if used arbitrarily, the sedition law would violate freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by the Constitution under Article 19″ and not in other cases. Such laws are necessary evils in a country like India where so many divisive forces are acting in tandem.

Question for UPSC Mains:
“There is a grey area which lies between actual sedition law and its implementation in India.” Critically examine the statement giving your view against or in favour of section 124-A of Indian Penal code.

Published: February 4, 2016 | Modified:September 21, 2019

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