The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the State of Kerala to withdraw the petition filed by it seeking to restore the UAPA charges against alleged Maoist leader Roopesh.
The State had approached the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Kerala High Court discharging alleged Roopesh of charges under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and sedition under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code.
Later, the State expressed its intention to withdraw the matter, which prompted the bench to enquire about the reasons.
"We feel this is the correct position regarding UAPA....Strict view is preferable than expansive view and we are of the view that the implementation of judgment....What has been decided is that strict view is to be preferred in as far as this statute is concerned and this is not aimed at only this person once this becomes the legal position, as far as the state is concerned, it will apply to all persons so therefore it's the decision based on legal aspect... which is why we do not wish to pursue the case further", Gupta submitted.
The bench then allowed the withdrawal of the petition, but left the questions of law open.