The Sedition Laws in India with Special Reference to Shreya Singhal Vs. Union of India

1Amruta Das, Rubi Talukdar


This research paper talks about the case of Shreya Singhal Vs Union of India in detail and the sedition laws corresponding to it. It is a very famous case in recent times, where the Mumbai police had arrested two women, ShaheenDhada and RinuSrinivasan in 2012, for posting allegedly offensive and objectionable comments on facebook about the propriety of shutting down the city of Mumbai after the death of a political leader, Bal Thackeray. The offence against the state. With the Commencement of Indian Constitution in 1950, Article 19(1) (a) provides to every citizen a fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression. With this development Sedition Law contained in Section 124-A comes with direct conflict with fundamental right under Article 19 (1)(a). The decision in ShreyaSinghal is immensely important in the history of Supreme Court has adopted the extreme step of declaring a censorship law passed by Parliament as altogether illegitimate. Also, the paper compares the Indian Sedition laws with the sedition laws of several countries along with their current scenario. In this study, a survey has been conducted among the students, professors, advocates and judges to know their opinion about the existing Sedition laws in India and also their view on the judgement of this case. Therefore, this paper critically analyzes the sedition laws implacable in the case of Shreya Singhal VS. Union of India.


Advocacy, Article 19(1)(a), Sedition Law, Censorship law, International Scenario.

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