In­dia’s Supreme Court to ex­am­ine if govt abuse is sedi­tion

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New Delhi: In­dia’s Supreme Court is set to ex­am­ine if abu­sive lan­guage against pub­lic fig­ures on so­cial me­dia can con­sti­tute sedi­tion lead­ing to a per­son be­ing booked un­der the law as it ad­mit­ted a plea by a lo­cal Mad­hya Pradesh politi­cian who had lashed out at chief min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Face­book. A bench of Jus­tices J S Khe­har and C Na­gap­pan ad­mit­ted a plea filed by a for­mer chair­man of the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion of Shivpuri who had in a post al­legedly abused the CM for not tak­ing steps to pro­vide wa­ter in the drought-hit district. In the course of hear­ing the case the SC could con­sider ar­gu­ments for mak­ing the sedi­tion law less open-ended than it is at present which en­cour­ages its in­dis­crim­i­nate use. Times of In­dia

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