“Not seditious to disagree with Govt:” Supreme Court

A Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hemant Gupta said that expressing views which are different from the opinion of the government will not be seditious.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that expression of views different from the opinion of the government cannot be termed seditious while dismissing a petition filed against former J&K chief Farooq Abdullah for his remarks on scrapping of Article 370.

Disagreeing with the views and policies of the government will not attract the offence of sedition, the Supreme Court observed on Wednesday as it rejected a petition seeking action against former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah for his views on abrogation on Article 370 of the Constitution (Rajat Sharma v. Union of India).

A Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hemant Gupta said that expressing views which are different from the opinion of the government will not be seditious.
The petitioners, Rajat Sharma and Dr. Neh Srivastava had taken exception to Abdullah’s comments on the Central government’s 2019 decision to scrap Article 370 which conferred special status on the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir.

Sharma is the secretary and trustee of the organisation, Vishwa Guru India Vision of Sardar Patel.

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