Amended UAPA comes into force

Now, individuals can be tagged as terrorists

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 14

The new anti-terror law under which individuals can be declared as terrorists and their properties seized has come into effect (from August 14), the government announced on Wednesday.

President Ram Nath Kovind had given assent to the legislation on August 8 after the Lok Sabha passed it on July 24 and the Rajya Sabha on August 2.

In a gazette notification, the Ministry of Home Affairs  said, “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2019, (28 of 2019), the Central government hereby appoints August 14, 2019, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force.”

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2019, also provides for putting travel ban on such individuals once they are declared as terrorists.

The Act give powers to the Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to attach properties acquired from proceeds of terrorism. Before amendments to the law, the NIA had to take prior permission from the respective state police chiefs to attach the proceeds of terrorism. This delayed the process as often such properties are found in different states, said a senior MHA official.

Earlier, officers in the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police and above were empowered to investigate cases under the UAPA as per Section 43. Now, officers in the rank of Inspector can to do so.

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