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Magistrates can’t extend probe under UAPA

  • Published
    15th Sep, 2021

GS-II: Polity & Governance 

  • Government Policies & Interventions, Judiciary

The Supreme Court recently held that magistrates cannot favor the probe agency to extend the period of investigation in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) cases at will.

  • UAPA was developed as an anti-terrorism law to prevent such unlawful activities association and maintain the sovereignty and integrity of India.
  • It was amended in 2019 through Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2019 which dealt with expanding the definition of “terrorist” to include individuals under Section 35 and 36 of Chapter VI of the Act.

Prelims question:

Consider the following statements regarding Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967:

  1. Under the act, the Union government has the power to notify an individual as a “terrorist” without a trial.
  2. Unlike Sedition, UAPA cannot be used to curb freedom of speech.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • D.

Mains Question:

Conservation of Grasslands has largely been ignored worldwide. In this regard, discuss the ecological significance of Grasslands and suggest measures to conserve them in India. (150 Words)


  • In the introduction, provide a brief definition of Grasslands.
  • Draw a diagram of the World, showing important grasslands of World and their diversion to agriculture
  • Enumerate the ecological significance of Grasslands.
  • Enumerate the threats faced by Grasslands.
  • List the steps taken by the Government to conserve Grasslands and suggest measures for their conservation.
  • Conclusion

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