The Maharashtra government on Tuesday withdrew the controversial circular on sedition law, which says that charges can be imposed on anybody who, by words, signs or visible representation, criticises politicians or elected representatives belonging to the government.
The state government informed Bombay High Court that it had withdrawn its controversial circular on sedition law.
The Bombay High Court had on October 20 extended its interim order
restraining state government from acting on its controversial circular
issued to prevent misuse of IPC section 124-A which deals with sedition.
The circular had drawn flak from the Opposition parties. Congress and
NCP leaders had lashed out at the Fadnavis government, terming the
guidelines as regressive and alleging that these would be used to stifle
criticism of the BJP-led government.
The petitioner Narendra Sharma
had contended that the circular dated August 27 amounts to violation of
the fundamental rights of a person and sought the High Court's
direction to quash and set it aside.
The circular had asks police to bear in mind that the sedition clause
of IPC can be invoked against whoever, by "words, either spoken or
written, or by signs or by visible representation or otherwise, brings
or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, dissatisfaction and
provoking violence" against the central or state government.
Cartoonist Trivedi was arrested on September 8, 2012, on the basis of
an FIR under section 124-A (sedition) and other provisions of IPC for
cartoons published on 'India Against Corruption' website. However, on a
PIL, Bombay HC had granted him bail.
Amnesty International had said that a circular issued by the
government is "overly broad" and demonstrates why it must be "urgently
It is good to note that good sense has dawned on the BJP government in MH.
This was probably a bit of kit-flying by Modi to see the reaction of the people to the note.
If the people had accepted it without murmur, Modi would have done the same at the centre.
We are seeing how the Beef policing has moved from the states to Delhi.