Govt to amend UAPA to crackdown on terror funding
New Delhi: With an aim to clamp down on
financial terrorism, Government is likely to amend the
Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) to take effective
action against individuals and entities that provide funds to
terror groups in the country.
"The changes in the UAPA are being deliberated presently.
One of them pertains to certain inclusions in the Act based on
the recommendations of the global body-- the Financial Action
Task Force," Secretary (Internal Security) U K Bansal said here.
"Other things are also being deliberated but we have to
keep in mind that something which is incorporated in the Act
now does not hamper the earlier cases being probed done by the
National Investigation Agency (NIA)," Bansal said but refused
to elaborate on the proposed changes.
India had become the member of the global anti-terror
financing body FATF last year in order to strengthen its fight
against blackmoney and illegal funds stashed abroad. FATF sets
global standards in this regard for its member countries.
The government has initiated a host of steps for
unearthing illicit funds which include strengthening the
Income Tax department and the Enforcement Directorate and
setting up a high-level committee under the chairmanship of
the CBDT Chairman to suggest measures to curb the menace.
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