Chargesheets in one-third of terror cases filed after 1 year in 2017-18: MHA

by Times of India

NEW DELHI: Around one-third of the chargesheets filed in

terror cases

in 2017 and 2018 were filed beyond one year from the date of registration of the case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,

the home ministry

told

the Rajya Sabha

on Wednesday.

Under UAPA, the maximum stipulated timeframe for filing a chargesheet is 90 days, which may be extended by the court to 180 days based on the public prosecutor’s report on progress of the

investigation

.

MoS (home) G Kishan Reddy, in written reply to a question, said that 92 and 52 chargesheets were submitted in one to two years in the year 2017 and 2018 respectively. Also, 31 and 10 chargesheets were filed in 2017 and 2018 after two years of registration of the case under UAPA.

Delay beyond 180 days in filing chargesheet in a UAPA case forms a valid ground for a terror accused to secure bail.

Quoting from NCRB annual reports on ‘Crime in India’, Reddy said 922, 901 and 1182 cases were registered under UAPA in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively. As many as 999, 1,554 and 1,421 persons were arrested under the anti-terror law in 2016, 2017 and 2018. As per further information received from NCRB, a chargesheet was filed by the investigative agencies in 232, 272 and 317 cases during the year 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively.

“…in the year 2017 and 2018, the number of chargesheets submitted in one to two years are 92 and 52 and after two years….31 and 10 respectively,” he added.

So basically, 195 or 33% the 589 chargesheets filed in 2017 and 2018 were delayed beyond the stipulated period, as outlined in UAPA.

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