The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal has extended the Delhi Police’s detention powers under the National Security Act, 1980, for a three-month period between 19 January and 18 April.
The notification, issued on 10 January 2020, to the Home Department, stated that the LG of the National Capital Territory of Delhi directed that the Delhi police commissioner may exercise the powers of detaining authority under the NSA, for three months.
This development comes amid the National Capital being roiled by two major anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests: one at Shaheen Bagh and another at Jamia Millia Islamia and agitations near Jamia Masjid.
The act powers the police by allowing preventive detention of people whose actions may be in one way or another prejudicial to the security of the State for up to 12 months.
The person detained need not be charged during this period of detention. The goal is to prevent an individual from committing a crime. A person detained under the NSA can be held for 10 days without being told the charges against them. The detained person can appeal before a high court advisory board but they are not allowed a lawyer during the trial.