How amendments to UAPA will give more teeth to anti-terror law
A bill to tighten the anti-terrorist law was passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday despite the opposition’s demand for its scrutiny. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019, which seeks changes in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, was passed with 278 members voting in favour and eight against.…
Here is how the amendments will change the existing act: The amendment to Schedule 4 of the UAPA will allow the national Investigation Agency (NIA) to designate an individual suspected to have terror links as a terrorist. As of now, the NIA can only designate groups as “terrorist organisations”.
As per the act, an investigating officer is required to obtain the prior approval of the Director General of Police to seize properties that may be connected with terrorism. After the amendment, if the investigation is conducted by an officer of the NIA, the approval of the Director General of NIA would be required for seizure of such property.…
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