The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently observed that sharing social media posts with seditious, divisive content could constitute the offence of waging war against the state under Sections 121 and 121A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Justice Sudip Ahluwalia made the observation while dismissing a bail plea preferred against an arrest made in 2016. The petitioner had been accused of sharing several social media posts oriented towards the establishment of a separate state of “Khalistan” for Sikhs.
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