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Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act

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  • January 25, 2020
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Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act

In news:

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] is making an earnest bid to steer clear of the row over the police slamming the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act

From Prelims Point of View:

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment

  • Seeks to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967
  • UAPA provides special procedures to deal with terrorist activities, among other things.

Key amendments:

  • To designate individuals as terrorists on certain grounds provided in the Act.
  • The Bill empowers the Director General of NIA to grant approval of seizure or attachment of property when the case is investigated by the said agency.
  • The Bill empowers the officers of the NIA, of the rank of Inspector or above, to investigate cases of terrorism 

Need for the Amendment

  • India faces one of the highest threats of terrorism in the world and therefore its counter-terrorism mechanism must be stringent.
  • USA has a very successful example of counter-terrorism mechanism, especially after 9/11, and has been successful in curbing terrorist activities.

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