Press Statement


October 6, 2019: The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement: Rescind the Case of Sedition  The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the decision to slap   sedition cases against forty-nine prominent Indians who have great   accomplishments in their respective fields for having written a letter   to the Prime Minister opposing the rising campaigns of hate and violence leading to mass lynching.

The CPI(M) has always opposed the continuation of the  edition  

provision after independence. This provision was brought in to protect   the British crown and sovereign and had been used widely to detain and   silence prominent Indian freedom fighters including Gandhiji. On this   occasion when the country is observing the 150th anniversary of   Gandhiji, it will be most appropriate to remove this provision from   the statute books.

Writing a letter to the Prime Minister expressing opinions on  

important matters cannot be constituted as a crime and be termed as   anti-national. This is tantamount to punishing all those who have a  dissenting opinion on the policies of the present  overnment.  This is   a complete negation of democratic rights and reflects the growing   authoritarianism in the country.

It is surprising that a court in Muzaffarpur has ordered the  

registering of this case, when the Supreme Court had ruled as early as   1962 that the sedition clause cannot be invoked unless there is a   direct call or instigation of violence against the State.

The Polit Bureau, therefore, demands that the charges against the  eminent intellectuals/artists be immediately rescinded.


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