Agra (Uttar Pradesh): A complaint was filed against Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Agra on Sunday for promising removal of the sedition law in the Congress manifesto.
Lawyer Narendra Sharma filed the complaint in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate and said that it will come up for hearing on April 16.
“What is Rahul Gandhi trying to prove. Is he trying to settle terrorists in the country? If the (sedition) law is removed, then the situation in the country is likely to deteriorate,” he said.
“I have lodged a complaint on the issue. The date of hearing is April 16,” he added.
Congress has promised in its manifesto to remove the sedition law to give a “fillip to freedom of expression” in the country.
The provision for sedition under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code says, “Whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt,or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government established by law shall be punished with imprisonment for life, to which fine may be added, or with imprisonment which may extend to three years, to which fine may be added, or with fine.”