HC hasn’t stayed circular on sedition, claims Maha govt

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2015 22:53 IST
A file photo of the Bombay high court. (HT photo)

Maharashtra home department on Wednesday claimed that the Bombay high court had not stayed its controversial circular about the use of section 124-A of Indian Penal Code which deals with the offence of sedition.

The court on Tuesday only asked it to file an affidavit on the issue at the next hearing on October 20, an official statement said here, adding “the department is working to bring more clarity on the subject”.

The circular, which contains guidelines for invoking the stringent section, has been lambasted for allegedly advising the police to press sedition charge ever for a mere criticism of the government.

The court had on Tuesday asked the government not to implement the guidelines until further hearing.

Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi and others have challenged its constitutional validity.

Read: In Maharashtra, you risk sedition charges for criticising politicians

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