President gives assent to amendments to UAPA; individuals can now be declared as terrorists

The amendments give powers to the Director-General of the NIA to attach properties acquired from proceeds of terrorism.

Published: 09th August 2019 03:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th August 2019 03:14 PM   |  A+A-

President Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind. (File | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to a legislation under which individuals can be declared as terrorists and their properties seized, officials said on Friday.

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2019 also provides for putting travel ban on such individuals once they are declared as terrorists.

The President gave his assent to the legislation late on Thursday night, a home ministry official said. The Lok Sabha had passed the amendment Bill on July 24 and the Rajya Sabha on August 2.

India's most wanted, Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, are likely to be the first two individuals to be designated as terrorists under the legislation, the officials said.

The amendments give powers to the Director-General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to attach properties acquired from proceeds of terrorism.

ALSO READ: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi decries UAPA Bill, slams Congress

Earlier, the law required that the NIA take prior permission from the respective state police chief to attach the proceeds of terrorism.

This delays the process as often such properties are in different states, another official said.

Earlier, officers in the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police and above were empowered to investigate cases under the UAPA as per Section 43.

Now, officers in the rank of Inspector are empowered to do so.

The inspector-rank officers have over time acquired sufficient proficiency to investigate UAPA-related cases and this move would quicken the delivery of justice in such cases, which are reviewed by senior officers at various levels.

Home Minister Amit Shah had said the law, that would be used only to tackle terror, would help agencies remain four steps ahead of terrorists.

Shah said terrorist acts are committed not by organisations but by individuals. Declaring an organisation as a terrorist organisation will not stop the individuals behind it.

Not designating individuals as terrorists would give them an opportunity to circumvent the law and they would simply gather under a different name and keep up their terror activities, he said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp