The word “Anti-National” is not defined in Indian law

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  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informed the Lok Sabha, that the word ‘anti­national’ has not been defined under any legislation or rule or any other legal enactment that is enforced in this country.
  • The 42nd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1976 inserted the word ‘antinational activity’ in Article 31D of the Indian Constitution (during Emergency) which was. subsequently, omitted by the 43rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1977.
  • According to the Union Home Ministry, ‘Public Order’ and ‘Police’ are State subjects as per the 7th Schedule of the Constitution and so, the “data about the number of people arrested for indulging in anti-­national activities is not maintained centrally.
  • National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in its annual ‘Crime in India’ report for 2017, created a chapter on ‘Crime Committed by Anti National Elements’ in which they listed “North East insurgents, Left Wing Extremists, and Terrorists (including Jihadi terrorists)” as the three anti­national elements.

Union Minister of Home Affairs - Amit Shah

Union Home Secretary - Ajay Kumar Bhalla

National Crime Records Bureau(NCRB)

  • NCRB is an Indian government agency set up in 1986.
  • It acts as a repository of information on crime and criminals so as to assist the investigators in linking crime to the perpetrators. 
  • It is part of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India. 
  • Headquarters - New Delhi
  • Current Director - Ramphal Pawar (IPS).

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