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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.

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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-POTA was repealed because of same reason.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.

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Govt must tell forward plan to the country: Congress

Applicable from Monday, June 1, the fresh order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spoke of the expanded fresh guidelines a day ahead of the end of lockdown 4.0.

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Randeep Surjewala

New Delhi, May 31 : On the last day of the lockdown 4.0, the Congress has questioned the government on its strategy and plan to control the coronavirus infection, exit route out of the lockdown to revive the economy and a way forward.

Chief Spokesperson of the Congress, Randeep Surjewala said, “Today, we witnessed biggest ‘Single Day Spike’ in #COVID19 infection of 8,380. Total Infection at 1,82,490.”

He asked, “The fifth Lockdown begins tomorrow and Congress posed 4 questions to the government — What is the Govt strategy? Have the Lockdowns failed? Is there a blueprint to fight Corona? Any plan out of economic havoc?”

The party has been questioning the persistent lockdown without any exit plan which was implemented on March 25.

The Centre on Saturday took an exit step from the 68-day nationwide lockdown, declaring that the restrictions will be limited to only containment zones up to June 30 and that the prohibited activities will be opened in a phased manner in areas outside these zones.

Applicable from Monday, June 1, the fresh order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spoke of the expanded fresh guidelines a day ahead of the end of lockdown 4.0.

The nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25 with the announcement of the restrictions by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown was extended thrice earlier.

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Continue strict enforcement of measures in containment zones: Delhi LG

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Delhi L-G Anil Baijal

New Delhi, May 31 : Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Sunday directed the officials concerned to ensure continued strict enforcement of health and other measures in containment zones in the national capital as per central government guidelines.

In a series of tweets, he said that he had held a meeting on the ongoing coronavirus situation in Delhi with the Chief Secretary and other senior officials, including Municipal Commissioners, and reviewed steps taken to ramp up health infrastructure in Delhi keeping in mind various scenarios.

The total coronavirus cases in the city had crossed 18,000-mark on Saturday.

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Delhi Police ASI dies of COVID-19, second casualty in force

“He was found COVID-19 positive on May 28 and was admitted at BASE Army hospital in Delhi Cantonment area the same day.”

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New Delhi, May 31 : A 54-year-old Assistant Sub-Inspector of Delhi Police has succumbed to COVID-19, officials said on Sunday.

The death of Shesh Mani Pandey, deployed as the fingerprint expert in the Crime Branch, marks the second casualty in the force due to the deadly infection.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Sanjay Bhatia, the officer tested positive on May 26 at the Lady Hardinge hospital after he complained of fever and cough.

“He was found COVID-19 positive on May 28 and was admitted at BASE Army hospital in Delhi Cantonment area the same day.”

Pandey was an ex-Army personnel and joined Delhi Police on November 1, 2014. He belonged to Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier, a constable posted at Bharat Nagar Police Station in northwest Delhi passed away due to the viral infection.

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