Ex-Union Minister Arun Shourie files against the constitutional validity of the sedition law

  • Arun Shourie, a former Union Minister, has approached the Supreme Court to challenge the constitutional validity of Section 124-A (Sedition Law) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

  • Shourie asked the Supreme Court to declare Section 124-A of the IPC unconstitutional, claiming that it violates Articles 14 and 19(1)(a) of the Indian Constitution.

  • Shourie, a senior journalist and columnist, asked the apex court to direct strict action "as per law be taken against concerned public servants & complainant/informants in cases, where the accused is discharged in a case of sedition & lay down guidelines for the same" through his lawyer Prashant Bhushan.

  • "The citizen has a right to say or write whatever he wants about the government, or its measures, by way of criticism or comment, so long as he does not incite people to violence against the Government established by law or with the intent of creating public disorder," according to Shourie's plea, a copy of which was obtained by the news agency.

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