Former Chief Justice of India and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Ranjan Gogoi has given a statement regarding the Supreme Court’s comment on the sedition law. He has said in an interview that he does not think that the current CJI (NV Raman) has said that the sedition law should be abolished. Giving his opinion, he said that there is no need to quash it and the Supreme Court has already thrice in its judgments very clearly stated what would be the parameters of the sedition law under 124-A.
Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan has taken a jibe at this interview of Ranjan Gogoi. By tweeting, he referred to the allegations against the former Chief Justice during his tenure and targeted him by linking him to the BJP. Prashant Bhushan wrote, “So they(BJP) have finally unleashed their new MP Gogoi (Ayodhya, Rafale & sexual harassment fame) to defend the Colonial law of sedition!”
In an interview to the media group Times Now, the former CJI had said that the trend of challenging the laws is increasing rapidly in the country. He also said that if the courts decide the validity of any law, then why do we need a government? The role of both is different. That is, the courts can only decide on the legality of the law, whereas only the government has the right to decide on its necessity. He also said that if any law is being misused then other methods can be tried to stop it.
Significantly, the Supreme Court had recently expressed concern over the colossal misuse of the colonial-era sedition punitive law and questioned the Center on the use of British law which was used to silence people like Mahatma Gandhi to suppress the freedom struggle, why is the provision not being abolished? A Supreme Court bench has agreed to consider the petitions of a former Major General and the Editors Guild of India challenging the constitutional validity of Section 124A (sedition) of the IPC, saying its main concern is misuse of law.