#Congress-led UPA & #UAPA: In 2008, then Home Minister P Chidambaram pressed for the provision to deny bail unless a court is sure no prima facie exists against the accused.

He told Rajya Sabha: "Broadly what we are doing is imposing restrictions on the path of grant of bail."
"I think some people thought that refusing bail is an unusual provision, but it is not. For heinous crimes, even today bail is refused until the case is completely tried and the court reaches its conclusions. So, there is nothing unusual about it": Chidambaram defending UAPA.
UAPA was amended in 2012 during UPA to expand the definition of person to include an association of persons or body of individuals, whether incorporated or not.

#StanSwamy was booked under this provision by the #NIA to link him with Maoists.

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