7 year jail term for collecting terror funds
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 21:33
New Delhi: Collecting funds meant for terror activities must entail a punishment of at least seven years imprisonment and a stiff fine of upto Rs 10 crore should be slapped on companies, societies or trusts found to be involved in criminal activities, a Parliamentary panel has recommended.

The Standing Committee on Home Affairs has also proposed that government ban period on unlawful organisations should be increased from two to five years and forfeiture of properties relating to offence of counterfeiting through amendments in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

The Committee felt that the minimum punishment for raising funds for terrorist acts by "an organisation or gang should be increased to seven years" from existing five years.

The Ministry of Home Affairs mooted a new provision to penalise offences by companies, societies or trusts in the UAPA and "proposed to impose to a minimum fine of Rs five crore which may extend to Rs 10 crore for offences under the Act". The suggestion was adopted without any change by the Committee.

The Ministry suggested that the proposed increase in ban period of unlawful associations would help in reducing cost and proper collection of data related to their activities.

"This (increase) will give ample time to properly collect and compile data, intelligence inputs, status of various cases filed in the court, status of sanction obtained by the police from the State Government, etc. This will further facilitate to reduce the cost of administering the ban.

"Accordingly, it is proposed to amend Section (6) suitably to enhance the period of ban from existing 2 years to 5 years," the Ministry told the Committee which accepted the proposal.

During the meeting, one of the members suggested that the ban period be increased to seven years but this was not accepted by the MHA.


First Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 21:33

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