What is the National Security Act, which was imposed on Khalistani supporter Amritpal Singh? – News India Live


National Security Law: The Punjab government on Tuesday demanded the High Court to implement the strict National Security Act (NSA) against Khalistani supporter Amritpal Singh. You may have heard about its impact on the NSA in several major cases. This is a very strict law. Let us know what is the National Security Act and under what circumstances it is used?

What is National Security Act?

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, under the National Security Act, if a person poses a specific threat to the country, then he can be detained. If a person is a threat to the country in any way, then the state or central authorities can arrest him under the NSA Act. NSA was established in the year 1980 with the aim of giving more power to the government in the matter of national security. If someone disrupts public order or obstructs essential supplies and services, that person can also be detained under this law.

Provisions of NSA

According to the Deccan Herald report, if a person endangers India’s relations with other countries, he can be arrested under this law. The act also empowers the government to imprison, detain or deport suspected foreigners from India. Preventive detention is allowed for 12 months under the NSA. It can be extended if the government finds new evidence against the suspect. Meanwhile, the prisoner is not prosecuted. Though the person can appeal to an advisory panel of the High Court, he is not allowed to retain a lawyer during the trial.

History of NSA Act

According to the Deccan Herald report, Indira Gandhi’s government made it a law by passing the NSA in Parliament on 23 September 1980. In 1818, the Bengal Regulation III Act was enacted, which allowed the British to arrest anyone without legal aid to maintain law and order. Then in 1919, the Rowlatt Act also gave the British government the right to arrest without trial. An example of this is the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy.

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