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Sedition Law: 399 Cases Filed, Convictions in Only 8 Between 2014 and 2020, Shows Home Ministry Data

Of the 399 circumstances of sedition (Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code) have been registered in India between 2014 and 2020, convictions have been granted in eight, Union Home Ministry knowledge exhibits.

Further, cost sheets have been filed in solely 40% of those circumstances (163), knowledge analysed by CNN-News18 exhibits.

Section 124A says that “whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards, the Government estab­lished by law shall be punished with im­prisonment for life, to which fine may be added…”

The Ministry knowledge introduced within the Lok Sabha throughout the Budget Session exhibits that of the 399 circumstances, 36 have been reported from the Union Territories of Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir, whereas the remaining have been from the states.

The circumstances registered throughout the nation yearly beneath the legislation have jumped by over 55% – from 47 in 2014 to 73 in 2020.

The Home Ministry knowledge on sedition circumstances in India. (News18)

In 2019, 93 circumstances have been registered – highest throughout the interval. Between 2015 and 2019, the annual circumstances have been rising persistently.


Among the states, Assam has reported the very best variety of circumstances throughout the interval – 66. It was adopted by Jharkhand (40), Karnataka (38) and Haryana (37).

Delhi has recorded 9 such circumstances, whereas Odisha and Tamil Nadu have recorded eight circumstances from 2014 to 2020. Telangana has recorded six circumstances, whereas Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh every have registered 5 circumstances.

Year-wise knowledge. (News18)

The states which have recorded lower than 5 sedition circumstances have been Gujarat (3), Goa (3), and Andhra Pradesh (3). On the opposite hand, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Tripura, Punjab and Arunachal Pradesh have registered only one case every.


Section 124A, launched within the late 1800, was amended for the primary time in 1898, and thereafter underwent a number of adjustments in 1937, 1948, 1950, 1951 and 1955. It has been left untouched submit 1955.

State-wise knowledge. (News18)

It carries a most punishment of life imprisonment and the police can arrest people and not using a warrant.

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The controversial colonial-era sedition legislation was placed on maintain by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The Apex Court has stayed all proceedings within the sedition circumstances.

It directed the Centre and state governments to not register any contemporary first info report (FIR) invoking sedition costs till the federal government re-examines the legislation. It additionally stated that every one pending circumstances, appeals and proceedings with respect to costs framed for sedition needs to be saved in abeyance.

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