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Left parties say decision to put sedition law in abeyance first step in the right directions | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Left parties on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to keep the sedition law in abeyance and said they are hopeful that this will be the beginning of the end of the archaic colonial era law which was used to suppress India’s independence struggle.
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said it is imperative for the law to be scrapped because of its rampant misuse, adding that of the 400 pending sedition cases in India, only 6 have led to the accused being convicted.
The party also said SC must not wait for the Modi government’s review of the sedition law and that the court should “proceed to scrap the anachronistic Section 124 A of the Indian Penal Code, when it resumes hearing in July, 2022.”
The move was also welcomed by the CPI general secretary D Raja. Incidentally, Raja had moved a private member bill in Rajya Sabha in 2011, demanding the scrapping of the sedition law.
On Wednesday, appreciating the court order that no new FIRs be lodged under this sedition law until the Centre re-examines the provisions of this British-era law, which has been challenged in the Supreme Court, Raja said the directive of the Supreme Court on sedition law is a vindication of the consistent position the Communist Party of India has been taking on the matter.

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