Despite the Supreme Court

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/09/2016

How does an SC clarification on sedition percolate to lower court judges  actually hearing these cases? It evidently does not. Despite this SC observation last week that criticizing the govt is not sedition, a Kashmiri youth jailed in Durg in Chhattisgarh has been denied bail today, for a second time. Tauseef Bhat had liked a cartoon on Facebook but the district sessions court judge did not distinguish between posting and liking. Even posting would not have qualified for the 124A charge under the latest SC clarification.  But the lower court judge upheld the sedition charge and denied bail.                       

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