06/09/2019 11:44 AM IST

SC Seeks Centre's Response On Changes To Anti-Terror Law

The Parliament had passed amendments to the UAPA which empower government agencies to declare a person a terrorist.

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NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Centre on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the amendments made to the UAPA.

The petitions challenge the changes to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on various grounds, including that these infringed upon fundamental rights of citizens and empowered agencies to declare persons a terrorist.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Ashok Bhushan issued notices to the central government on petitions filed by Sajal Awasthi and an NGO, Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR).

Recently, the Parliament had passed the amendments in the UAPA which empowers government agencies to declare a person as terrorist.