Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has extended Delhi Police Commissioner’s powers to detain under the National Security Act (NSA) in Delhi for a period of three months. Anyone suspected of causing unrest in the capital can be detained without any charge up to a period of 12 months. The Act comes into effect starting from January 19 to April 18.
The law comes amidst nationwide protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Though people seem to connect the NSA as a motive to curb protests against Citizenship Act, the Delhi police has said that it was a “routine order” and is issued “every quarter”.
The detained individual can appeal before a high court advisory board but is not allowed a lawyer during the trial. Some political leaders have already been detained under the NSA law in Jammu and Kashmir.
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