18 May Unwarranted arrest(The Hindu, Governance, Polity, GS-2)
Unwarranted arrest(The Hindu, Governance, Polity, GS-2)
Context:- Arrest of K. Raghu Ramakrishna Raju who is an MP from Andhra Pradesh has been charged with sedition. This is a grave misuse of power given to the executive to encounter extreme circumstances.
- Seditionon is defined under Section 124A IPC which is a colonial legacy.
- Continuing with this provision shows that current regime’s thinking is no different than the colonial government’s.
What is sedition:-
- According to IPC124:- Refence from IPC 124
- Whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards, the Government established by law in India, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, to which fine may be added, or with imprisonment which may extend to three years, to which fine may be added, or with fine.
Report and Findings:-
- The NCRB report says 512 cases of total offences against the state were reported in 2014
- Out of this 176 offences were registered under Sec 121 A, 122,123 and 124 A IPC.Of these 47 were sedition cases.
Why sedition law must continue
- It provides the state a check over the miscreants who wants india to be in the fragile state.
- To secure sovereignty and integrity of india
- To save the government from topple
- There is the thin line between criticising the government and creating the disaffection
Why sedition law must be revoked
- Data says this law is misused to silence the voices of people
- It is against freedom of speech.
- It restrains people from making the government accountable.
Recent some cases of sedition
- Kanhiya kumar case
- Prashant bhushan case.