UAPA Bill gets Rajya Sabha nod

  1. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill,2019 has been passed in the Parliament.
  2. The bill amends the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,1967 providing special procedures to deal with terrorist activities, individuals and groups that foster terrorism in India.
  3. The bill empowers the government to designate individuals as terrorists if (a)the person commits or participates in acts of terrorism (b)prepares for terrorism (c)promotes terrorism or (d)otherwise involved in terrorism.
  4. The bill also empowers the Director-General of National Investigation Agency(NIA) to grant approval of seizure or attachment of property when the case is being investigated by the agency.
  5. Under the existing Act,the investigating officer is required to obtain the prior approval of the Director General of Police(DGP) to seize properties that bear any connection to terrorism.
  6. The bill also empowers the officers of the NIA of the rank of Inspector or above to investigate cases.
  7. The existing Act provides for investigation of cases to be conducted by officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent or Assistant Commissioner of Police or above.
  8. The International Convention for Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism(2005) has also been added in the Second Schedule through the Amendment.