Indian govt introduces new Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2014

North Gazette News/New Delhi
Indian government on Tuesday introduced new Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2014, replacing the Anti-Hijacking Act, 1982.

Indian government spokesperson said that the approval for introduction of the comprehensive Anti-Hijacking Bill 2014 was taken in the Union Cabinet meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The spokesperson said that the Cabinet gave approval for ratification of the Beijing Protocol, 2010, repealing of the Anti-Hijacking Act, 1982 as amended in 1994, withdrawal of the Anti-Hijacking Amendment Bill, 2010 and introduction of a new Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2014.

“After the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC-814 in December 1999, it was felt necessary for providing the award of death penalty to perpetrators of the act of hijacking,” Indian government spokesperson said, adding that the incident of 9/11, where aircrafts were used as weapons, also created the need to further amend the existing Act.

The spokesperson said that the Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill, 2010 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in August, 2010 and during the process of amendment, a global diplomatic Conference was held at Beijing in August-September, 2010.

“India is a signatory to the Beijing Protocol signed at the Conference and this Protocol brought out new principal offences combined with ancillary offences, enlarged the scope of ‘hijacking’, expanded jurisdiction and strengthened extradition and mutual assistance regimes.

The Bill provides death punishment for the offence of the highjacking, where such offence results in the death of a hostage or of a security personal or with imprisonment for life and the moveable and immoveable property of such persons shall also be liable to be confiscated,” he added.