NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday reminded the Rajya Sabha that public order and police were ‘state’ subjects under the Constitution of India.
The government replied when it was asked to explain how sedition charges were being invoked against “any person making provocative speeches” and not being imposed on Naxals “who wage armed rebellion.”
BJP MP Satish Chandra Dubey, who through a question in the Upper House asked the government to spell out the difference between sedition and treason, got the reply that the Indian Penal Code only defined the offence of ‘sedition’ under Section 124A.
“Further, ‘public order’ and ‘police’ are ‘state’ subjects as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. The responsibility of maintaining law and order, including registration, investigation and prosecution of crimes under prevalent laws and Acts rests primarily with the respective state government,” MoS (home) G Kishan Reddy stated in his reply.