Law Commission reviewing sedition

IN Media Watch Briefs | 07/07/2018

The New Indian Express     reports that the Law Commission is  reviewing the current sedition law, and  discussing with government officials how it can be further strengthened. This includes broadening the current definition of sedition by incorporating new provisions in the existing law. The report also says that some officials present did convey that the scope of this law needs to be curtailed in view of its gross misuse.              

 

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