Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister has said that the
use of the National Security Act (NSA) by the Madhya Pradesh police in the
cases of suspected cow slaughter was wrong and would not be repeated. In
February 2019, MP government had invoked the National Security Act (NSA)
against three men accused of killing a cow.
The National Security Act was promulgated in 1980.
The objective of the Act is to provide for preventive detention in certain
cases and for matters connected therewith. The Act extends to whole of India except
Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the Act, the grounds for preventive
detention of a person include: a) to prevent acting in any manner prejudicial
to the defence of India, the relations of India with foreign powers, or the
security of India, b) to regulate the continued presence of any foreigner in
India or with a view to making arrangements for his expulsion from India, c) to
prevent from acting in any manner prejudicial to the security of the state, d)
to maintain public order, e) to maintain supplies and services essential to the
community it is necessary so to do.
Preventive detention is the imprisonment of a
person with the aim of preventing them from committing further offenses or for
maintaining public order.