With spate of sedition charges off- late a Delhi court has said that the law of sedition cannot be invoked to quieten the disquiet under the pretext of muzzling miscreants.
Additional sessions judge Dharmender Rana made the observation while granting bail to two persons — Devi Lal Burdak and Swaroop Ram — arrested by the Delhi police earlier this month for allegedly commiting sedition and spreading rumours by posting fake videos on Facebook during the ongoing farmers’ protest.
The court also said invocation of Section 124 A (sedition) IPC is a “seriously debatable issue” in the case before it.
The court said that the law of sedition was a powerful tool in the hands of the State to maintain peace and order in society.
“However, it cannot be invoked to quieten the disquiet under the pretence of muzzling the miscreants. Evidently, law proscribes any act which has a tendency to create disorder or disturbance of public peace by resort to violence.
“In the absence of any exhortation, call, incitement or instigation to create disorder or disturbance of public peace by resort to violence or any allusion or oblique remark or even any hint towards this objective, attributable to the accused, I suspect that Section 124 A (sedition) IPC can be validly invoked against the applicant,” the judge said.