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Salient features of the proposed National Investigation Agency
December 16, 2008 20:58 IST
Last Updated: December 16, 2008 22:16 IST
� The Bill for constitution of the NIA to be applicable to whole of India, citizens of India outside India and persons on shops and aircraft registered in India.
� Offences punishable with imprisonment for less than three years may be tried summarily.
� Special Court to have all powers of the Court of Sessions under CrPC for trial of any offence under the Act.
� Proceedings to be held 'in camera' if Special Court deems it necessary.
� Trial to be held on day-to-day basis on all working days and to have precedence over the trial of other offences.
� State governments empowered to constitute one or more Special Courts.
� No appeal shall be entertained after the expiry of 90 days. Highlights of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2008.
� Use of bombs, dynamite, poisons or noxious gases, biological radioactive nuclear substances are terror act.
� Aiding, abetting or committing a terrorist act shall be punishable with imprisonment up to ten years.
� Funding terror activities, organising training camps and recruiting persons for committing terror acts shall be punishable with at least five years' imprisonment.
� Detention of accused upto 180 days if investigation not completed.
� No bail shall be granted if accused is not an Indian citizen and has entered the country unauthorisedly.
� No accused, if in custody, to be released on bail or on his own bond.
� Court shall presume, unelss contrary is shown, that accused has committed offence.
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