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“We do what Nehru could not”: Center in riot case

The Supreme Court has considered petitions challenging the sedition law.

New Delhi:

Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who has often been on the receiving end of many beards, courtesy of the ruling BJP and its leaders, was mentioned on Tuesday during a hearing on pleas challenging the sedition law. A three-judge bench headed by India Judge NV Ramana heard the case.

Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, who represented the petitioners, argued over the abuse of sedition legislation when he said: “We are in the post-constitution era. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru said this provision is unpleasant and the sooner we get out of it. get rid of it, the better. “

Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who represented the center, responded by saying, “What Nehru could not do, the current government is doing. We are trying to do, what Pandit Nehru could not do then.”

The Attorney General referred to the fact that the center told the Supreme Court that it was ready to reconsider the law in the light of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of human rights and the country celebrating 75 years of independence, as part of which it is disposed of with colonial baggage.

But Mr Sibal refused to accept that argument and slammed back, saying, “No, not at all. You do not. You support the law. You say everything is fine, Mr Mehta.”

He then quoted Mahatma Gandhi as saying, “Lent cannot be produced. One should be free to express dissatisfaction as long as there is no incitement to violence. I consider it a virtue to be dissatisfied with the government. . “

Mr Sibal’s argument in court was that the current government is abusing the law by equating government with state, and anything said against the government is considered an act against the nation.

The trial over rioting came a day after the government said it had decided to review the legislation – a major shift just two days after they firmly defended the country’s colonial-era law and asked the Supreme Court to uphold the pleas that disputing it, dismissing it.

In a new affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court, the center said: “In the spirit of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav (75 years of independence) and the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government of India has decided to of India to review and reconsider. provisions of section 124A, sedition law. “

It called on the Supreme Court to wait for the review by a “competent forum” and urged it to “not invest time” on petitions filed by the Editorial Board of India, Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra and others challenging the riot law. has.

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