India’s new Anti-Hijacking Law, which prescribes for the Capital Punishment in the event of death of “any person”, has come into force following the Government notification.
Anti-Hijacking Act,2016 replaces the 1982-vintage law, according to which the hijackers could be tried only in event of death of the hostages, such as the flight crew, passengers and the security personnel.
According to the new law, Definition has been expanded to include death of the “security personnel on board” or “ground the support staff” as well.
In other cases of the Hijacking, guilty will be punished with the imprisonment for life and fine, besides confiscation of the movable and immovable property held by him or her.
New law, has come into effect after its notification on July 5, includes several acts within definition of hijacking including making a threat, attempts or abatement to commit offence.
The 2016 Act mandates the Central Government to confer powers of the investigation, arrest and prosecution on any officer of Central Government or the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
After a few days, it was referred to the Parliamentary Panel which gave its report in March 2015.
Bill was passed on May 4, 2016 in Upper House, and on May 9, 2016 in Lok Sabha.
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The Bill to repeal the 1982’s Anti-Hijacking Act was introduced in Rajya Sabha by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on December 17, 2014.