Fund Raising For A Terrorist Organisation An Offence
Is fund raising for a terrorist organisation an offence?
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Fund raising for a terrorist organization to be an offence- (1) Whoever commits an offence if he- (a) invites, receives or provides money or other property (b) intends that it should be used, or has reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used, for the purposes of terrorism. The second component that was not there in TADA is, if you try and earn money through a crime, that is, through terrorism, there are two offences which flow out of that. Whoever funds terrorism is also held guilty. By funding terrorism you are abetting terrorism. You are giving resources to terrorism. The old terrorist laws the world over never had a chapter on funding of terrorists. But now you must create a fear and scare in the minds of those who fund terrorists. What you earn out of crime is not your private property, it is against public interest and must belong to the state. The UN passed a draft Money Laundering Bill which all of us have been debating. The whole concept of money laundering is that profits out of crime must be confiscated because they cannot belong to an individual. Is it the argument today that since India is now to have a provision where profits from terrorism will be confiscated, it is a draconian provision.
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