Senior Advocate Trideep Pais said, "UAPA, POTA, PMLA are distrust of judiciary. These are enacted so that your (judiciary) hands are tied. This is a joke. No accused should be held in this FIR. This is a cooked-up FIR."
A Supreme Court bench while hearing the plea challenging the Kerala High Court judgment in a Gold Smuggling case has issued limited notice to examine the question of law involved in the matters only, and not interfere with the bail granted to an accused person in the case.
The appeal has been filed challenging the order of the Delhi HC allowing bail to 2019 Delhi riots accused in appeal filed under section 21(5) of the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008 r/w section 43(D)(5) of the UAPA.
The arrest of a journalist en route to Hathras has unveiled the draconian features of the Act, under which anyone can be arrested for a period of six months without any proof of anti-national activities. It raises serious questions about violation of human rights.