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Suresh, Mayur (2019) 'The slow erosion of fundamental rights: How Romila Thapar v. Union of India highlights what is wrong with the UAPA.' Indian Law Review, 3 (2). pp. 212-223.

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This case note uses the recent Supreme Court decision of Romila Thapar v. Union of India to highlight how the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act slowly erodes fundamental rights. It argues that Romila Thapar shows how the police and prosecution use legal procedures to stifle democratic activity. By highlighting the various procedures that the state resorts to – from the ways in which First Information Reports are narrated, to how arrests are carried out, to how the central government designates terrorist organisations – this case note shows how the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) engenders a system of impunity under the garb of legality.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
ISSN: 24730599
Copyright Statement: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Indian Law Review on 17 Jul 2019 available online:
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Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 15:03
Related URLs: https://www.tan ... .com/loi/rilw20

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