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At what stage would you declare an individual a terrorist under UAPA Bill: Kapil Sibal

Experience says that trials not happening, people remaining jailed for years and then acquitted Laws misused.



New Delhi, Aug 1 : Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal while speaking in Rajya Sabha on the UAPA Bill asked the government to clarify on some points regarding designation of individual as terrorist under the (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) UAPA Amendment BIll. He also said that the bill should be sent to a Select Committee of Parliament.

Following are the highlights from his speech:

-We let TADA lapse, because it was grossly misused.
-POTA was repealed because of same reason.
-Cites NCRB data from 2014- 1144 cases pending under UAPA, 33 completed. trial, 9 were convicted, 24 acquitted.
-In 2015, 76 trials completed, 14.5% rate of conviction.

So experience says that trials not happening, people remaining jailed for years and then acquitted, Laws misused.
Under POTA, a 12 yr old, an 81 yr old showed as accused.
Bills will be passed through brute majority in Lok Sabha and manufactured majority in Rajya Sabha, bt shud be?

The Congress leader raised the lack of clarity in the provisions and said that the government will misuse the provisions.

Law already holds all those people helping terrorists in any manner can be prosecuted.

“The bill does not clearly state at what stage you will declare a person to be a terrorist. You will declare the people speaking against you as a terrorist,” he said.

Why need to designate an individual as terrorist? And at what stage? When some evidence is found, when complaint is filed, when charge-sheeted, when put on trial?

Till proven guilty, is innocent, but you are declaring them as terrorist, even before trial, you will freeze their accounts.
-Tomorrow you will declare as terrorist anyone you consider as Urban Naxals , they will be ostracized

-Someone will be a terrorist, depending on how you look at them, today academics, civil activists are being jailed.
-UAPA allows those spreading communal hatred to also be booked, have you moved against them? No, but you will declare JNU students as terrorists.

According to the National Crimes Records Bureau, the conviction rate in cases under this act was less than 27.3 per cent in 2014, Sibal said.

“We are one against terrorism in this house but we also need to keep in mind the ground realities. We need to send these controversial provisions must be sent to a committee,” Sibal said.

“The house needs to make sure that people don’t waste years of their lives locked in prisons without bail just to be acquitted later,” he added.


Private players to run trains on key routes: Railways



New Delhi, Sep 24 : The Indian Railways is mulling the idea of handing over operations of more trains to private players in the coming days on several important routes with improved services and amenities for passengers.

The decision comes under the 100-day agenda of the national transporter to hand over operations of the trains to private players on key routes.

Earlier, the Indian Railways had announced to grant operations of two of its luxurious Tejas Express trains to Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) between Lucknow-New Delhi and Mumbai-Ahmedabad.

According to a railway ministry official, the national transporter has called a meeting of senior railway officials on September 27 under the chairmanship of Member, Traffic of the Railway Board to decide the operational issues relating to private operation of passenger trains.

In a letter to all the Principal Chief Operations Managers of the Central, Northern, North Central, South Eastern, South Central and Southern Railway dated September 23, Principal Executive Director of Coaching of the Railway Board, A. Madhusudan Reddy said, “As part of the 100-day action plan, the ministry has proposed that private operation of passenger trains be introduced to provide world class services.”

He said, “Under the railways proposal, private operators would be identified through a participative bid process to run private passenger day or overnight trains connecting important cities.”

“It is contemplated that the private operators shall induct modern passenger trains and operate them on paths allocated to them on payment of haulage charges,” Reddy said.

“Thus in order to prepare the RFQ (Request for quote) and concession documents, it is necessary to identify the routes and the number of services that can be run,” he said.

According to the railway ministry plans, besides the Lucknow-New Delhi and Mumbai-Ahmedabad being given to the IRCTC for operations, the national transporter is mulling to give trains to private operators on inter-city services on 14 routes, while 10 on overnight and long distance services and four suburban services.

The railways has proposed giving trains to private operators on long distance or overnight journey trains on the routes of Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Jammu/Katra, Delhi-Howrah, Secunderabad-Hyderabad, Secunderabad-Delhi, Delhi-Chennai, Mumbai-Chennai, Howrah-Chennai and Howrah-Mumbai.

It has proposed to invite the private players for the intercity express on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Mumbai-Pune, Mumbai-Aurangabad, Mumbai-Madgaon, Delhi-Chandigarh/Amritsar, Delhi-Jaipur/Ajmer, Howrah-Puri, Howrah-Tata, Howrah-Patna, Secunderabad-Vijaywada, Chennai-Bengaluru, Chennai-Coimbatore, Chennai-Madurai and Ernakulam-Trivandrum routes. The railways has also proposed the operation of suburban trains in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Secunderabad by private players.

The railways had earlier clearly said that before engaging private operators to run the trains, the national transporter will consult the trade unions and other stakeholders.

The IRCTC has started the booking of tickets for the Tejas Express between Lucknow-New Delhi from October 5 onward journey. The IRCTC’s Tejas Express will be flagged off from Lucknow on October 4.

The minimum fare for the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express has been kept at Rs 1,125 for the AC chair car, while the fare for Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express AC chair car will be Rs 1,280.

On the other hand, the ticket price for Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express Executive chair car has been kept at Rs 2,310 and the Delhi-Lucknow fare for Executive Chair Car will be Rs 2,450.

The passengers travelling on Tejas Express from Lucknow to Kanpur in AC chair car will have to shell out Rs 320 and Rs 630 for the Executive Chair car (ECC). For Lucknow to Ghaziabad travel, the passenger needs to pay Rs 1,125 for the AC chair car, while Rs 2,310 for the ECC. On the return journey, the fare is Rs 1,155 for AC Chair car from Delhi to Kanpur while for the ECC it is Rs 2,155.

All these fares are subject to the application of dynamic fare, just like airlines, the IRCTC has said.

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File affidavit detailing guidelines to regulate social media: SC to Centre




New Delhi, Sep 24 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to file an affidavit within three weeks detailing statutory guidelines to balance online privacy, state sovereignty and the reputation of an individual.

A Bench, headed by Justice Deepak Gupta, gave the order while hearing a case on linking of Aadhaar with Facebook and regulating of the social media.

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Police can’t seize property during investigation: SC




Supreme Court of India

New Delhi, Sep 24 The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that police has no power to seize immovable property during an investigation.

The top court upheld the Bombay High Court order.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna had heard the matter relating to powers of the police under section 102 of the Criminal Procedure Code in respect of seizure of property during investigation.

The court was hearing Maharashtra government plea challenging a Bombay High Court order which held that the police has no power to seize property during the course of an ongoing probe.

The ruling was announced by the bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.

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