Acting on a petition filed by a law student in Delhi against Yoga Guru Ramdev, Metropolitan Magistrate in Delhi directed the Delhi Police to give action-taken-report on Ramdev. It may be noted that the complainant earlier moved court seeking FIR against Ramdev alleging that the latter made seditious statements during one of his tours in Chattisgarh recently.
The complainant has mentioned the term ‘dacoits and murders,’ that was allegedly made by Ramdev. The latter took on Parliamentarians stating that they were dacoits, murders and illiterates among them. The complainant was of the opinion that Ramdev made general allegations against parliamentarians who run the country and therefore he alleged that the statements amounted to sedition.
What is Sedition:
When someone either by words-spoke or written, or by signs, or by visible representations excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government established by Law in India amounts to sedition. Disaffection includes feelings of enmity.
What happens if a person is found guilty of sedition?
According to IPC Sec 124-A, the guilty person would be punished with life imprisonment to which fine may be added or with imprisonment which may extend to three years with or without fine. (Phani)