Here's all you need to know about NSA
PTC News Desk: The National Security Act (NSA) is an act by the Indian Parliament that empowers the government to detain a person if he or she is a threat to national security or to prevent him or her from disrupting public law and order.
NSA allows central government or a state government to detain a person from engaging in any kind of unruly activity that might jeopardise national security.
Key points under National Security Act are:
1. The act allows preventive detention for months
2. Centre or States can detain a person from acting in manner prejudicial to India's security
3. A person can be detained by the government if he or she is a threat to India's relations with foreign countries
4. The Act is invoked to maintain public law and order
5. It empowers the government to detain foreigners and regulate his/her presence or expel him/her from India
6. The provisions in the Act are is re-notified every quarter
PROVISIONS OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY ACT
Once the person is in the detention period he or she can’t be charged.
If the individual is disrupting public law and order then he or she can be detained and maintaining supplies of essential to the community.
GROUNDS FOR THE DETENTION OF NSA
Detention of the individual takes place when there is prejudice against the relationship with foreign nations, or the security of the country.
PERIOD OF CONFINEMENT
The detainment period is maximum for 12 months. This period can be extended if there is fresh evidence against the detainee by the government.
A person who found guilty can be held for 10 days without being informed about the charges against them.
At this time, the person can appeal to the state high court advisory board but won't be allowed a lawyer during the trial.
- With inputs from agencies