Person not associated with any militant group can also face UAPA, says Karnataka HC

Karnataka HC. [File Photo]

Bangalore: Karnataka High Court has maintained that a person can be prosecuted for “terrorist act” defined under Section 15 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 even if he is not a member of any militant organisation, Live Law reported.

A division bench of Justice K Somashekhar and Justice Shivashankar Amarannavar observed “An individual can be prosecuted for terrorist act defined under Section 15 of the UAP Act and it is not necessary that to prosecute any person under the UPA Act he should be a member of a terrorist organization. Being a member of a terrorist gang or organization which is involved in terrorist Act itself is an offence under Section 20 of the UAP Act.”

The court stated the same while rejecting the bail application of two men arrested in connection with the murder of an RSS worker. The accused Irfan Pasha and Mohammed Mujeeb Ulla had challenged the order passed by an NIA Court rejecting their bail petitions on 21 April, 2021, the news report said.

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