New Delhi: Union Home Minister Nithyananda Roy told the Lok Sabha that the word “anti-national” was not clearly defined in the law.
Azamuddin Owaisi, leader of the AIMIM party, asked, “What is the meaning of the word anti-national, is there any mention of it in law and is it used in any law in force?
Numerous arrests have been made in various states in the name of anti-national activities for the last 3 years. Its details should also be released, ”he said.
Union Home Minister Nithyananda Roy gave a written reply in the Lok Sabha. He said, “The word anti-national is not clearly defined or explained in law.
At the same time, there are criminal law and various judicial rulings to crack down on illegal and provocative activities that are detrimental to the unity and integrity of the country.
Accordingly, the 42nd Amendment to the Constitution Act of 1976 defines anti-national activity during Section 31D, ie during the period of implementation of the Emergency. However, it was removed in 1977 by the 43rd Amendment.
The responsibility for maintaining law and order, especially the investigation, prosecution and criminal investigation, comes under the responsibility of the state government to protect one’s life and property. Police and public order will come under the control of the state government. The federal government has no information on arrests made by state governments in anti-national activities. ”