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Sedition Case Against Amnesty International: Rahul Gandhi Reiterates Opposition

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has asked Congress government in Karnataka not to overstep on sedition case filed against Amnesty International, coming to the rescue of the international outfit on the lines his earlier stand against the draconian clause slapped against JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar by Delhi Police in February this year.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi with Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, senior leader Ajay Maken and other leaders during election campaign rally in New Delhi on Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi with Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, senior leader Ajay Maken and other leaders during election campaign rally in New Delhi on Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

Rahul Gandhi’s political guide Digvijaya Singh said there was a need to review the sedition clause in the IPC. Digvijay Singh said, “I spoke to CM Karnataka and he has assured me that no arrests would be made pending investigation. Only FIR has been filed.”

In a tweet Digvijaya said, “Simply raising slogans is not a fit case to be charged with Sedition. It is a law which British used against our Leaders in Freedom Movement.” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi too took similar stand that a sedition case is not applicable here.

It is high time the British-period’s Sedition Act that was unleashed against all freedom fighters is being used again frequently by the governments that too 70 years after Independence. It is time the Sedition Clause is totally removed from the Cr.PC by the elected governments.

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