Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had directed to re-examine and reconsider provisions of the sedition law and the government will “suitably” take into account views of stakeholders and ensure the sovereignty and integrity of the country is preserved while looking into Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code.
Mr. Rijiju said he felt that it was a “bold” step taken by the government and was of the view that making laws is the responsibility of the government.
“Since directions have come from the Prime Minister, since we are doing it (re-examining and re-considering sedition law provisions), we have told the court (Supreme Court) through an affidavit, court may not get involved,” he said.
Mr. Rijiju told reporters here that Prime Minister Modi expressed his view clearly in favour of protection of civil liberties, respect for human rights and giving meaning to constitutional freedoms.
The government has also taken various steps to remove outdated laws and has scrapped over 1,500 laws since 2014-15.
“...the government will reconsider and change the provisions as per the need of the present time,” he said on the sedition law.
The government told the Supreme Court on Monday not to invest time in examining the validity of the sedition law as it has decided to go for reconsideration of the provisions by a “competent forum”.
The Centre also said it was cognizant of various views and concerns about civil liberties while being committed to protecting the “sovereignty and integrity of this great nation”.
Sources in the government said the process may include consultations with the civil society.