India’s Top Court Suspends Colonial-Era Sedition Law

NEW DELHI — India’s top court directed the government on Wednesday to suspend a colonial-era sedition law that critics say has been abused for decades to shut down dissent.

Immediately, hundreds of people jailed under the law became eligible for bail, which is rarely given in sedition cases, and the police were prevented from bringing any new sedition charges.

The court said that the law was “not in tune with the current social milieu, and was intended for a time when this country was…

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