P Chidambaram Indicates That Congress May Abolish Sedition Once in Power
"Section 124A of Indian Penal Code that defines the offence of 'sedition' must go lock, stock and barrel," Chidambaram wrote on Twitter.
The misuse of Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been a matter of contention for long. On Thursday, February 7, however, the first signs of light in the direction of removing this draconian law was visible.
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram took to Twitter to call for scrapping the sedition law. Chidamabaram’s tweets came following the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Tripura government’s order to file sedition charges against those protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
“Section 124A of Indian Penal Code that defines the offence of ‘sedition’ must go lock, stock and barrel,” Chidambaram wrote, adding, “In Tripura, if you speak against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, you will be charged with sedition.”
In Tripura, if you speak against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, you will be charged with sedition!
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) February 7, 2019
The Tripura Police, as per reports, slapped sedition charges against two tribal leaders and one human rights activist on February 5, for participating in a rally against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at Khumulwng. INPT general secretary Jagadish Debbarma, IPFT (Tipraha) leader Aghore Debbarma and activist Anthony Debbabrma of the Borok People Human Rights Organisation have been named in the FIR.
The case was registered based on video evidence in which the leaders were allegedly seen raising “anti-Indian slogans”.
Section 124A of the IPC states,”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 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.”