Delhi: The home ministry has asked to get a report on the issue when possible and he law on sedition is under review of the Law Commission, minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju told the Rajya Sabha.
Rijiju additionally admitted that the cases of sedition were frequently found to be violation of the right to freedom of speech.
“The provisions (of the sedition law) are quite broad. Anyone who speaks from the government created by the law could be reserved under the sedition law,” Rijiju said in response to a question.
Requesting supplementary to the question Leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad sought that inciting of communal thoughts must be included in regulations, while Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav demanded the law be fought.
The home ministry has, to the law ministry, written from time to time, the latest in 2012 to speed the procedure up, he said.
Talking on similar lines, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: “The Law Commission is reviewing (the law); we have requested the Law Commission to supply the report shortly.”
The minister informed the upper house that the Law Commission report in 1997 had disclosed the sedition law was defective, but failed to ask for the deletion.
“… reports and suggestions have come that there should really be a complete review of the criminal justice system in the country… sedition law has also been brought under this examination, that there must be some change to it because the meaning is very extensive,” he said.
Rijiju said the government needs the Law Commission to take steps when you can to address this law.
That is why I want to quote the reports and we’d like to observe that the Law Commission takes steps as soon as you possibly can so that the concerns raised in the country are addressed,” the union minister said.
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad proposed that addresses inciting communal feelings additionally must be contained in the group of sedition.