MHA has designated 18 individuals, all Pakistan based, as terrorists under the UAPA Act

The amendment act removes this requirement if the investigation is conducted by an officer of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The investigating officer only requires sanction from the Director-General of NIA.
Sheena

Updated: Nov 04, 2020 09:09:32 am

MHA has designated 18 individuals, all Pakistan based, as terrorists under the UAPA Act

30 October 2020 Current Affairs:

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has designated 18 individuals, all Pakistan based, as “terrorists” under the UAPA Act, 2019. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2019 was passed by the Parliament in August 2019. It amends the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

Highlights:
♦ The latest UAPA Act empowers the central government to designate an individual a "terrorist" if they are found committing, preparing for, promoting, or involved in the act of terror.
♦ The 1967 UAPA law required an investigating officer to take prior permission of the Director-General of Police of a state for conducting raids, and seizing properties that are suspected to be linked to terrorist activities.
♦ The amendment act removes this requirement if the investigation is conducted by an officer of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The investigating officer only requires sanction from the Director-General of NIA.
♦ The 1967 law specifies that only officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent or Assistant Commissioner of Police of the NIA shall have the power to investigate offences under the UAPA law. The new act allows NIA officers of Inspector rank to carry out investigations.

National Investigation Agency (NIA):
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is a statutory body constituted under the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008. It is a central agency to investigate and prosecute offences: affecting the sovereignty, security and integrity of India, security of State, friendly relations with foreign States. It implements international treaties, agreements, conventions and resolutions of the United Nations, its agencies and other international organizations. It acts as the Central Counter-Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency.

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