Congress promise to repeal criminal defamation, sedition nonsense, impractical, says jurist Soli Sorabjee

Noted jurist Soli Sorabjee has dubbed as nonsense and 'impractical the promises made by the Congress in its election manifesto that it would repeal the colonial-era laws on criminal defamation and sedition if voted to power in the upcoming general election.

Press Trust of India April 03, 2019 07:48:08 IST
Congress promise to repeal criminal defamation, sedition nonsense, impractical, says jurist Soli Sorabjee
  • Sedition has been misused and, in any event, has become redundant because of subsequent laws, the Congress manifesto said

  • Rahul Gandhi is facing trial in a criminal defamation case for allegedly blaming the RSS for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi

  • Section 500 of the IPC holds a maximum of two years imprisonment for the offence of criminal defamation

New Delhi: Noted jurist Soli Sorabjee on Tuesday dubbed as "nonsense" and "impractical", the promises made by the Congress in its poll manifesto that it would repeal the colonial-era laws on criminal defamation and sedition if voted to power in the upcoming general election.

In the manifesto released on Tuesday, the party promised to omit Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code and make defamation a civil offence. It also said, "Sedition has been misused and, in any event, has become redundant because of subsequent laws."

Congress promise to repeal criminal defamation sedition nonsense impractical says jurist Soli Sorabjee

File image of Soli Sorabjee. News18

On being asked about his views on the Congress party's promise, Sorabjee said it is "nonsense" and such claim in "impractical".

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is facing trial in a criminal defamation case pending in Bhiwandi in Maharashtra for allegedly blaming RSS for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

Sorabjee, however, refused to comment on Rahul's pending defamation case.

"I would not like to comment on that," he said.

Section 500 of the IPC holds a maximum of two years imprisonment for the offence of criminal defamation.

The offence of sedition entails a minimum and maximum punishment of three years and life imprisonment respectively, to which a fine may be added.

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