All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has alleged that the Central government has empowered the Delhi Police to detain under the National Security Act (NSA). According to the reports shared by Asaduddin Owaisi on his Twitter handle, Delhi would be under NSA for three months.
The Delhi Police would be granted the emergency detention powers from January 19 till April 18, 2020, under the NSA, the report said.
The report was originally shared by ‘The Leaflet’ on its Twitter handle. It also had a picture of the alleged order which states that the Delhi Police may exercise the powers of detaining authority under the NSA.
‘The Leaflet’ has also mentioned that the order “is a routine order passed by the LG of Delhi after every four months”.
The order states: “…in exercise of the powers conferred by sub section (3) of section 3, read with clause (e) of Section 2 of the National Security Act, 1980, the Lt. Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi is pleased to direct that during the period 19/01/2020 to 18.04/2020 the Commissioner of Police, Delhi may also exercise the powers of detaining authority under sub section (2) of the section 3 of the aforesaid Act.”
Retweeting the report, Asaduddin Owaisi said, “Delhi police has shown willingness to act in a way that pleases the Centre. Now it’s been empowered to detain under draconian NSA.”
“It allows detention up to one year without vakil [lawyer], daleel [argument], appeal and is popular with cops who want to go after anyone irrespective of their guilt/innocence,” Asaduddin Owaisi said.
Delhi police has shown willingness to act in a way that pleases the Centre. Now it’s been empowered to detain under draconian NSA. It allows detention up to 1 yr without vakil, daleel, appeal & is popular with cops who want to go after anyone irrespective of their guilt/innocence https://t.co/hRbNEX5O8T
Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) January 17, 2020
WHAT IS NSA?
The National Act is a stringent law that allows preventive detention for months if the authorities are satisfied that a person is a threat to national security or law and order. The person does not need to be charged during this period of detention.