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PARLIAMENT BILLS

THE UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES (PREVENTION) AMENDMENT (UAPA) BILL, 2019

UAPA Bill 2019

KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BILL
  • The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment (UAPA) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha  on July 8, 2019. 
  • The Bill seeks to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967.  The Act provides special procedures to deal with terrorist activities, among other things.
 Who may commit terrorism
  • Under the Act, the central government may designate an organisation as a terrorist organisation under the following conditions : 
    • If it commits or participates in acts of terrorism, 
    • If it prepares for terrorism, 
    • If it promotes terrorism, or 
    • If it is otherwise involved in terrorism.  
  • The UAPA Bill additionally empowers the government to designate individuals as terrorists on the same grounds.  
 Approval for seizure of property by NIA 
  • Under the Act, an investigating officer is required to obtain the prior approval of the Director General of Police to seize properties that may be connected with terrorism.  
    • The UAPA Bill adds that 'if the investigation is conducted by an officer of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the approval of the Director General of NIA would be required for seizure of such property.'  
Investigation by NIA
  • Under the Act, investigation of cases may be conducted by officers of the rank of Deputy Superintendent or Assistant Commissioner of Police or above.  
    • The UAPA Bill additionally empowers the officers of the NIA, of the rank of Inspector or above, to investigate cases.
Insertion to schedule of treaties
  • The Act defines terrorist acts to include acts committed within the scope of any of the treaties listed in a schedule to the Act.  The Schedule lists nine treaties, including the Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings (1997), and the Convention against Taking of Hostages (1979).  
    • The UAPA Bill adds another treaty to the list.  This is the International Convention for Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (2005).     

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