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How UAPA Affects Police Remand, Judicial Custody and Attitude of Judiciary and Media?

December 13, 2017 | By

Chandigarh: A document compiled by Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur revealed that 33 out of 34 cases registered under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in Punjab were acquitted by the court and appeal against conviction in one case is pending before the High Court. This document was released on 9 December, 2017 at Kisan Bhawan in Chandigarh during a discussion on ‘Special Laws and Human Rights’ with special reference to use of UAPA in Punjab.

During this debate a question arose that when most of the cases are ultimately acquitted by the trial court, then why the police or state attaches UAPA sections to any case? and how imposition of UAPA affects the judicial process and other matters related to a person framed in any case?

In response to this question, Advocate Rajwinder Singh Bains said that imposition of UAPA in any case directly affects the duration of police remand and minimum judicial custody. Moreover it adversely affects the attitude of magistrates and it turns easy for the police and the state to conduct adverse media campaigns against arrested persons.

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