SC Issues Notice to Centre against Changes in UAPA Bill

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The Supreme Court sent notice to the Centre on basis of petitions challenging the reformed Unlawful Activities Prevention Amendment (UAPA) Bill on Friday.

Following the new anti-terror law which designates an individual involved in terrorist activities will be labeled as a “terrorist” under the act of UAPA Bill on September 4 amid severe criticism by the opposition parties, the Supreme Court CJI Ranjan Gogoi issued notice based on petitions which said it violated fundamental rights.

The earlier UAPA law required permission from the state’s Director-General of Police (DGP) to conduct raids and seize assets linked to terror activities.

Also, the new UAPA Bill doesn’t clearly state the standard of proof required to designate an individual involved in terrorist activities as a “terrorist”.

 

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