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No plans to amend UAPA: Home Ministry

"The UAPA has been amended in the past keeping in view the requirement. Presently no amendments in the UAPA are under consideration."

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New Delhi: Home Ministry on Tuesday said there are no plans to amend the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), Minister of State for Home Nityanad Rai informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

In response to a question by several opposition MPs, whether the Government plans to amend the existing Act “in the light of recent evidence about the large number of acquittals and for preventing the harassment of innocent people in wake of misuse of this law”.

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Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai in his reply said, “Conviction is an outcome of an elaborate judicial process and is dependent on various factors, such as, duration of trial, appraisal of evidence, examination of witnesses, etc. There are adequate Constitutional, institutional and statutory safeguards including inbuilt safeguards in the UAPA itself, to prevent misuse of the law.”

“The UAPA has been amended in the past keeping in view the requirement. Presently no amendments in the UAPA are under consideration.”

 The information regarding custodial deaths of the persons in custody under the UAPA is not maintained by NCRB,” he said. 
He also said information regarding custodial deaths of the persons in custody under the UAPA is not maintained by NCRB.

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