Responding to the Centre's request seeking time to reconsider and re-examine IPC Section 124A dealing with the offence of sedition, the Supreme Court sought to know Tuesday if the government will direct states to keep cases under the provision in abeyance until the promised exercise is completed. A three-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice of India N V Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, said petitioners had raised the contention that "if we grant adjournment, how to protect the interests of people who are already booked under Section 124A as well as in future if this provision can be kept in abeyance for further time till the reconsideration takes place. The Solicitor General seeks some time to get instructions. List the matter tomorrow." "Mr Mehta, we are making it very clear. You want to take instructions, we will give time till tomorrow morning… Our specific query is on two issues. One is about the pending cases and how the government will take care of future cases pending consideration of the law," the CJI told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who appeared for the Centre. https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioners, objected to the Centre's request and urged… Read full this story
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