GS-II: Indian Polity and Governance
In a first such instance, the Delhi High Court has called out alleged misuse of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 (UAPA) against individuals in cases that do not necessarily fall in the category of “terrorism” cases.
Quoting sections of the UAPA, and a string of key Supreme Court rulings on terrorism and terror laws, the court reasoned that “the more stringent a penal provision, the more strictly it must be construed”. By doing so, it raised the bar for the State to book an individual for terrorism under the UAPA.
What changes have been brought by the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2019 to the original Act of 1967?
Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?
A distinguishing feature of any democracy is the space offered for legitimate dissent. Critically analyze.(150 words)
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