Supreme Court judgment on Sedition Law

What is the News? The Supreme Court in the Rajat Sharma v. The Union of India Case ruled in favour of Farooq Abdullah. The court in its ruling said that disagreeing with the views and policies of the government will not attract the offence of sedition. What was the case? A petition was filed in… Continue reading Supreme Court judgment on Sedition Law

Issue of Bail under anti-terrorism cases

Synopsis: Bombay HC granted bail in UAPA case on health grounds. It will set a new example of upholding the individual’s right in anti-terrorism cases. Background Bombay High Court granted bail to poet Varavara Rao on medical grounds. He was jailed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for the Bhima Koregaon case. Recently, Varavara Rao… Continue reading Issue of Bail under anti-terrorism cases

Use of Criminal conspiracy Law in India – Explained, Pointwise

Recently the Delhi High Court granted bail to a climate activist in the Greta Thunberg toolkit case. The court dismissed the criminal conspiracy charges filed by Delhi police due to a lack of evidence. The law on criminal conspiracy was enacted to control the nationalist movement in India before independence. However, even after more than… Continue reading Use of Criminal conspiracy Law in India – Explained, Pointwise

Delhi Court’s ruling on Disha Ravi Toolkit case

Synopsis – Delhi court grants bail to Disha Ravi in its ruling in the tool kit case. It termed evidence produced by Delhi police as inappropriate. Introduction- Delhi Court granted bail to climate activist Disha Ravi, arrested in the Greta Thunberg ‘toolkit’ case. Delhi Police arrested her on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy in… Continue reading Delhi Court’s ruling on Disha Ravi Toolkit case

Why Sedition law needs a relook?

Synopsis: Recent charges of sedition against individuals have brought back focus to seditions law. The oppression of dissenters is more dangerous for society. It creates more division in society compared to seditious acts.  Introduction  In Kedar Nath Singh v. State of Bihar (1962), the Supreme Court defended the constitutional validity of sedition. It noted that… Continue reading Why Sedition law needs a relook?

Balancing freedom of speech and national security

Synopsis: The government warned Twitter over its reluctance in following the executive order for blocking of information. However, the focus should be on balancing free speech and national security. Background The government used its power under Section 69A of the information and technology act to block information on the Micro-blogging site. This section allows the… Continue reading Balancing freedom of speech and national security

“Sedition law” can’t be used to criminalise critics: Court

What is the news? Delhi Court has observed that the Sedition laws cannot be invoked to quiet the disquiet (criminalising the critics). The court also held that the government cannot act like restricting criminals while using sedition under IPC. This observation was made by the court while granting bail to two persons arrested by Delhi… Continue reading “Sedition law” can’t be used to criminalise critics: Court

Government’s Notice to Twitter: Why Twitter’s actions are justified?

Synopsis: Twitter has acted with reason after defying the Indian government’s legal orders. It didn’t implement the order fully and this action is desirable despite the criticism. Introduction  Twitter did not act in accordance with the Indian government’s orders under Section 69A of the IT Act. It was required to block hundreds of accounts under… Continue reading Government’s Notice to Twitter: Why Twitter’s actions are justified?

Climate activist arrested in ‘Toolkit Conspiracy’

Synopsis: A 22-year-old climate activist got arrested for misusing a toolkit. Such instances raise a question of alleged misuse of power by the government officials.    Read More – Toolkit conspiracy case and its imapct on India- Explained Pointwise – ForumIAS Blog  Background:  The Delhi Police has already registered multiple First Information Reports (FIRs) post the 26th January farmer protest… Continue reading Climate activist arrested in ‘Toolkit Conspiracy’

Toolkit conspiracy case and its imapct on India- Explained Pointwise

Table of contents: What is Tool Kit? What is the Greta Thunberg toolkit case? Previous such example pointed out by activists What are the existing provisions for such arrest? Why government actions on activists are justified? Judicial interventions on such cases in the past Challenges faced by the government in arresting activists Suggestions Recently Climate… Continue reading Toolkit conspiracy case and its imapct on India- Explained Pointwise