Punjab pushes SC against extension of BSF jurisdiction, Sidhu praises government | Latest India News
The Center has been invited to respond in 28 days, after which the case will go to court.
The government of Punjab has taken the Supreme Court to court against the Centre’s recent notification extending the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force from 15 to 50 km. The suit was entered in front of the registrar on Friday and the Center was asked to respond in 28 days, after which the case will go to court.
Punjabi Congressman Navjot Sidhu praised the government and its legal team for being the first state to challenge the extension of the BSF’s jurisdiction. “The struggle to keep the principles enshrined in the Constitution, that is to say to keep the federal structure and the autonomy of the states, has started … Notice sent to the Center to respond,” Sidhu tweeted.
The Home Office changed the jurisdiction of the BSF in October and, in a notification, said that as of October 11, 2021, the BSF can conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area 50 km inside the Indian territory of the International Border along the India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders. With this amendment, the BSF is now authorized to extend its jurisdiction in the states of Punjab, West Bengal and Assam. In five northeastern states (Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya), the jurisdiction of the BSF has been reduced by 20 km while in Gujarat it has been limited by 30 km. There has been no change in their jurisdiction in Rajasthan.
“The central government revised the ‘timeline’ specifying the border section where BSF would have search, seizure and arrest powers under laws such as the Passport Law, NDPS Law, Customs Law as well. that the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya; UTs of J&K and Ladakh; and a 50 km belt in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bengal and Assam ”, indicates the notification of the MHA.
Under section 139 of the Border Security Force Act, 1968, the Center is empowered to notify the area and extent of the force’s jurisdiction from time to time.