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SECTION 124A IPC - Indian Penal Code - Sedition


Last Updated: 01 Jun, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. IPC 124A in Simple Words
  2. IPC Section 124A related FAQs
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 in India, a 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.



IPC 124A in Simple Words

Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code punishes those who attempt to bring hatred, contempt, or disaffection towards the Government of India through spoken or written words, signs, or visible representations, with either life imprisonment or imprisonment up to three years, along with a possible fine.


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Offence : Sedition


Punishment : Imprisonment for Life + Fine or 3 Years + Fine or Fine


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Non-Bailable


Triable : Court of Session



Those who, by means of words or signs or visible representations, or other means, incite hatred or contempt or attempt to excite disaffection against the government established by law, 3 [India], or 5 [prison for life], shall be punished.





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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the IPC 124A Judgement?

S. 124A was inserted into our laws by the British colonial authorities in 1870, to suppress the independence movements. However, even after independence S. 124A remains on the books. Kedar Nath Singh V. 13 Sept 2023, a Supreme Court 5-judge panel upheld the law shortly after independence.


What is the Article 124A Amendment?

2. The Indian Penal Code 1860, Section 124A (hereinafter called the Code), shall be deleted. (d) incites or attempts disaffection or hatred towards the state, or brings or attempts contempt upon it.


What is conviction rate in 124A IPC?

According to the NCRB, conviction rates in these cases are also low. The rate is 33.3% for 2020, 3.3% for 2019, 15.4% for 2018 and 16.7% for 2017. 10 Jun 2023