Mangaluru: Kiran of Uppinangady, Currently in Belagavi Jail, Booked under Goonda Act

Mangaluru: Kiran, who had been repeatedly involved in offences of different kinds, is currently lodged in the Hindalga jail in Belagavi.

Because of his record, the district police had sent a proposal to the deputy commissioner and ex-officio district magistrate to invoke the Goonda Act against him.

The district magistrate has given his consent and issued an order to book him under the Act.

About the Act:

The Karnataka Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug-offenders, Gamblers, Goondas (Immoral Traffic Offenders, Slum-grabbers and Video or Pirates) Act 1985 is more commonly known as the Goonda Act.

Recently it was amended to include a new category, that of video and audio pirates, under the Indian Copyright Act 1957 and the Information Technology Act, 2000.

Enquiries with legal experts and police sources have revealed that the following rules will apply to anyone charged under the Goonda Act.

1. He / she cannot file a bail application for charges in any previous case
2. No one, including his / her lawyers and relatives, can visit him / her in the jail
3. Only the DGP of prisons can permit such a visit
4. He / she cannot question his / her detention under the Act, except through a caveat in the state high court much before invoking of the Act.

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