Prashant Bhushan moves SC, challenges “misuse and misapplication” of sedition laws

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New Delhi | Published: August 17, 2016 11:30 AM

NGO Common Cause has moved the Supreme Court challenging the "misuse and misapplication" of sedition laws in the country.

 

Prashant BhushanThe move from the NGO and Prashant Bhushan comes even as Amnesty International India was booked on the charge of sedition yesterday.

NGO Common Cause has moved the Supreme Court challenging the “misuse and misapplication” of sedition laws in the country. Eminent lawyer Prashant Bhushan has filed the plea on behalf of Common Clause. “With rampant misuse of Sedition law,we have filed PIL to ensure there’s incitement to violence for charging sedition,” Prashant Bhushan tweeted. The NGO has alleged that the sedition law is causing persecution of students. “Sedition laws are being misused,” the NGO has alleged.

The move from the NGO and Prashant Bhushan comes even as Amnesty International India was booked on the charge of sedition yesterday. Amnesty International had organised the event as part of a campaign to seek justice for “victims of human rights violations” in Jammu and Kashmir. The event took a turn for the ugly and heated exchanges were witnessed and allegedly anti-India and anti-Army slogans were raised.

IPC sections– 142 (being member of an unlawful assembly), 143 (whoever is a member of an unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 124A (sedition), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc. and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony) have been invoked against Amnesty. On its part, Amnesty International India has said that the claims are without substance. Amnesty has said that the complaint by an ABVP representative against it is “without substance” and that only discussion at the event was about allegations of human rights violations and denial of justice in Jammu and Kashmir.

The rights body said Amnesty has worked extensively on human rights violations in Pakistan, including “the enforced disappearances and unlawful killings of political activists in Balochistan, violations by security forces in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and violence against journalists by groups including the ISI”.

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