Indian SC quashes BJP’s sedition case against journalist

New Delhi, June 05 (KMS): The Indian Supreme Court has quashed a sedition case lodged by a Bahartya Janata Party (BJP) leader, against a veteran journalist, Vinod Dua, for his comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his YouTube show last year.
An FIR against Dua under provisions of the Indian Penal Code for alleged offences of sedition, public nuisance, printing defamatory materials and public mischief was lodged by BJP leader Shyam at Kumarsain Police Station in Shimla district on May 6 last year and the journalist was asked to join the probe.
A bench comprising Justices U U Lalit and Vineet Saran in its ruling said that every journalist is entitled to protection under the Kedar Nath Singh judgment (the famous verdict of 1962 on the scope and ambit of offence of sedition in the IPC). While upholding validity of section 124A (sedition) of the IPC, the Indian Supreme Court in 1962 had ruled the sedition charges could not be invoked against a citizen for criticism of government actions as it would be in conformity with the freedom of speech and expression.

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