Justice Nariman, Former Supreme Court judge on Sunday commented that the Supreme Court should strike down Sedition Law and offending provisions of UAPA in order to ensure citizens freedom prescribe by the Constitution of India. Both the laws are against the spirit of Democracy.
“There is a live case before the Supreme Court and it is important that the court use its power to strike down section 124A and the offending provisions of the UAPA to ensure that the citizens can breathe more freely. Maybe then India will move from 142 out of 180 to much higher in the World Press Freedom Index” he said.
The former Supreme Court judge was speaking at an event organised in the commemoration of 109th Birth Anniversary of Late Viswanath Pasayat.
The judge opined that the outdated draconian colonial laws in Indian is one of the major reasons for 142nd rank when it comes Freedom of Press. India being the world’s largest democracy is not able to ensure the freedom.
Justice Nariman went on to say: “We had China and Pakistan wars. Thereafter we introduced the draconian legislation – Unlawful Activities Prohibition Act. Disaffection continues in the statute book and UAPA is a draconian act as it has no anticipatory bail and has a minimum five years imprisonment. This act is not under scanner yet. This too has to be looked into along with the sedition law.”
Inputs from livelaw.in