Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Anti- Hijacking Bill.
The bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha by the Minister of Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju on December 17, 2014 and cleared by the upper house of the parliament on May 5, 2016.
Besides broadening the definition of ‘hijacking’, the bill also provides enhanced punishment to the perpetrators and widens the scope of jurisdiction.
Following the amendements, death penalty and life-imprisonment can be awarded to the perpetrator in case the event leads to death of an individual.
Under the bill, the central government may confer powers of investigation, arrest and prosecution on any officer of the central government or the National Investigation Agency.
The bill also makes hijacking an ‘extraditable’ offence.