January 11, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Bengaluru/Chandigarh: A court order directing the closing of a sedition case filed against Amnesty India brings an end to a disgraceful attempt to stifle freedom of expression, the organization said today.
On 8 January, a trial court in Bengaluru ordered that the case filed against Amnesty India on 15 August 2016, on the basis of a complaint filed by a representative of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), be closed.
“This was a case that should never have been registered, given previous Supreme Court rulings on what constitutes sedition. It has been a waste of public money and resources, and a distraction from real issues,” said Aakar Patel of Amnesty India.
“The ruling vindicates everything that Amnesty India has said from the time this politically motivated complaint was filed.”
“We will also continue to seek the repeal of India’s archaic sedition law, which is still used to harass and persecute human rights defenders.”
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