National Security Act can’t replace POTA: Arun Jaitley

September 17th, 2008 - 7:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday rejected the Administrative Reforms Commission’s (ARC) report recommending the National Security Act (NSA) to combat terrorism.”NSA gave a provision for preventive detention for a year. It’s not a punitive law,” BJP spokesperson Arun Jaitley told reporters .

He further said that substituting NSA for Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) is too casual a suggestion and a decepticve recommendation.

Under the NSA, a person can be detained on the basis of suspicion, for up to a year. But it does not ensure punishment, he said

Veerappa Moily, chairperson of the ARC, had Tuesday suggested the implementation of NSA to combat terrorism.

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