Posted on: October 11, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Author : Aditi dhamdhere, Student at Modern Law College, Pune University.


This article dissects public security order in India, fights that the typical protected cutoff points on the chief have fail to restrict the Indian government’s ability and exercises under security laws, and considers how to resuscitate established governing rules. The article explains how security laws are proposed to improve the leader’s forces in manners that encourage denials of basic liberties.

Keywords– national security, Indian constitution, rights, misuse, detain.


The NSA was obtained by the Parliament of India in the year 1980. The Act obliges preventive constrainment in explicit cases and matters related with therewith. The Act revolves around keeping up lawfulness in the country and obliges the confinement of individuals who endeavor to obstruct the harmony condition of a state or country. The Act contains 18 sections and gives power-on states and central government to keep any person inside seeing the accompanying grounds given under section 3[i] of the Act- Acting in any capacity one-sided to the safeguard of India, the relations of India with unfamiliar powers, or the security of India. Controlling the presence of any outsider in India or with the ultimate objective of making game-plans for his launch from India. Shielding them from acting in any capacity one-sided to the: Security of the State; Maintenance of the public request; and Support of arrangements and organizations basic to the network it is imperative to do such[ii].


India has had preventive constrainment laws returning to the start of the pilgrim time frame. In the year 1818, Bengal Regulation III was passed which drew in the then government to catch anyone in issues relating to security or support of public request without giving the individual decision of lawful methods. Again, following 100 years, the British government passed the Rowlatt Acts of 1919 that obliged the constrainment of a suspect without preliminary. After India got autonomy, the chief Act that obliged preventive constrainment rule was authorized in the year 1950 during Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s organization. The Act was known as the Preventive Detention Act, 1950. The NSA is ordered on comparable lines with the 1950 Act. After the end of the Preventive Detention Act, 1950 on December 31, 1969, Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister, got the opposing MISA, 1971 (Maintenance of Internal Security Act), giving practically identical powers to the assembly. In spite of the fact that the MISA was invalidated by the Janata Party government in 1977, the reformist government, headed by Indira Gandhi, got the NSA, on September 23rd, 1980[iii].


Indian security laws intend to save, inter alia, national security, public order, and public peace. Past and current laws would have in general treated the means of their expressed bedrock objectives as plainly obvious and neglected to outline the scope or limits of these goals. The NSA, for instance, permits the central and state governments to confine a person where it is viewed as important to detain that person acting in any way biased to the security of the State and maintaining the public order[iv]. In the case of Licil Antony V. State of Kerala [v]– The Apex Court held that there ought to be ‘proximate and live connection’ between detained grounds and the reason for confinement. The detainment ought to be made on some legitimate grounds and not on some stale grounds. In another case of Ramesh Yadav V. District Magistrate Etah and Others[vi] the Apex Court held that an individual can’t be confined only on the ground that the detenu, being an under- trial prisoner, was probably going to be delivered on bail. In the case of Shri Pawan Kharetilal Arora v Shri RamraoWagh[vii]– a person was kept for nine months dependent on twenty-four bogus cases. Bombay High Court held that although the grounds of confinement depended on ‘gross nature of mistakes’ and the detaining authority committed a serious mistake shocking the judiciary. It acknowledged the statement of regret by the authority and held that they acted in good faith and were granted protection under this section. In the case of Rekha v State of Tamil Nadu[viii]– Apex Court said that Confinement is, ordinarily, hostile to popularity based thoughts and an anathema to the rule of law. Article 22(3)(b)[ix] licenses preventive detainment, can’t hold it unlawful however should keep the intensity of confinement in a narrow limit. Otherwise, an individual’s right will get encroached upon harming a person’s right to liberty ensured by Article 21[x]of the Constitution of India which was won after a long, strenuous, notable battle. In the case of A.K.Gopalan V. State of Madras[xi]– The Apex Court held that[xii] is an independent Code and if personal liberty is removed by the State following the procedure established by law i.e. if the detention is as per the system set up by law, then it cannot be said that the law was violative of provisions contained in Articles 14, 19 and 21[xiii] of the Constitution. In another case of Giani Bakshish Singh V. Govt. Of India & Ors[xiv] Apex Court held that it is currently settled law that confinement is not a punishment for the past activities of an individual but to prevent such person from engaging in any such activities in the future.


If a person is arrested he/she enjoys certain rights offered by the Indian Constitution. The individual must be educated regarding the purpose behind the capture. Under Section 50[xv] of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), the person arrested has to be informed about why he is arrested. In any case, on account of the NSA, the individual can be held as long as ten days without being informed of the reason. Section 56 and 76[xvi] of the same code ensure the detained person to be produced before a court within 24 hours. Aside from this, Article 22(1)[xvii] of the Constitution permits the prisoner to take lawful advice from a legal practitioner. In any case, under the NSA, none of these previously mentioned essential rights is allowed to the suspect. Shockingly, there is no information accessible for the number of individuals hit with the NSA to this day. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)[xviii] doesn’t list the number of people booked under it.


The Act, in any case, accommodates keeping up lawfulness in the nation needs reasonableness. Certain arrangements of the Act are optional and there is no strategy open against such arrangements. The Act also ignores the central privileges of the confined individuals that are available to them whenever captured ordinarily. Security laws in India present a disturbing fascinating articulation. They develop wonderful rule and spot clearing limits on rights, yet are so significantly delved in as to be, in any significant sense, standard. These laws have made long-running uncommon cases to sacred adjusted administration that leave individuals vulnerable against abuse. Law should be for the people; while people should not to be for the law.


[i] THE NATIONAL SECURITY ACT, 1980, Section 3

[ii] Diva Rai, National Security Act, 1980: Overview and Analysis, 26th January 2020,,or%20the%20security%20of%20India.

[iii] Surabhi Chopra, National Security Laws in India: The Unraveling of Constitutional Constraints, March 2016,Pg-5-6,

[iv] Surabhi Chopra, National Security Laws in India: The Unraveling of Constitutional Constraints, March 2016,Pg-12,

[v] Licil Antony v State of Kerala, [2014] INSC 286 (15 April 2014)

[vi] Ramesh Yadav V. District Magistrate Etah and Others, AIR 1986 SC 315

[vii]  Shri Pawan Kharetilal Arora v Shri RamraoWagh,2009 SCC OnLine Bom 600 [12]

[viii]Rekha v State of Tamil Nadu,(2011) 5 SCC 244

[ix] Article 22(3)(b) of the Constitution of India

[x]  Ibid

[xi] A.K.Gopalan V. State of Madras, AIR 1950 SCR 88

[xii] Article 22 of the Constitution of India

[xiii] Article 14,19,21 of the Constitution of India

[xiv] Giani Bakshish Singh V. Govt. Of India & Ors (1973) 2 SCC 688

[xv] Section 50 of the Criminal Procedure Code 1973

[xvi] Section 56 and 76 of the Criminal Procedure Code 1973

[xvii] Article 22(1) of the Constitution of India

[xviii] Soibam Rocky Singh, What is National Security Act?16th february,2019,

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