UAPA, Sedition Laws Have No Place in Democracy: Former SC, HC Judges
“Vagueness of the law allows prosecution agencies to charge people. Even 70 years after Independence, our judges don’t seem to realise what is sedition, what is terrorism,” said former Supreme Court judge Deepak Gupta, who, along with four other former judges, called out the stringent UAPA and sedition laws at a recent public webinar.
The webinar titled “Democracy, Dissent and Draconian laws – Should the UAPA and sedition have a place in our statute books?” was organised by the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms and the Human Rights Defenders Alert….
Speaking on the legislative intent of UAPA, sedition and the ground reality of the use of these laws, Justice Deepak Gupta said that the draconian laws have no place in a democracy like India and are used to stifle dissent and quell the voices that are asking questions from the government….