Explained: Why does India still have a colonial sedition law?

And what did the Supreme Court say about it in the Vinod Dua case?

ByNL Team
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After journalist Vinod Dua criticised the Narendra Modi government for mishandling the Covid pandemic, he was slapped with an FIR under the sedition law. The Supreme Court had to intervene and grant protection to not just Dua but, in theory at least, to other journalists as well.

According to Article 14, there has been a 28 percent rise in the usage of sedition to crush dissent over the last decade.

So, what is sedition? When can it be applied? And what is the Kedar Nath Singh judgement the court mentioned in its ruling on Dua's case all about? Meghnad S explains.


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