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Cabinet gives nod to Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2014

The Union cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given nod to for introduction of the comprehensive Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2014 in the Parliament. The Cabinet has also given its approval to ratify Beijing Protocol, 2010 of the UN body International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to which India is a signatory.

Anti-Hijacking Bill, 2014 proposes

  • Death punishment for the offence of the hijacking, where such offence results in the death of a hostage or of a security personal.
  • Imprisonment for life and the confiscation of moveable and immoveable property d of persons involved in hijacking.

The current law, the Anti-Hijacking Act, 1982, which was last amended in 1994, will be repealed after passage of this new Bill.


It was felt necessary for providing death penalty award to perpetrators of the act of hijacking in the wake of the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC-814 in December 1999.

It was also necessary to amend current Indian hijacking act after the incident of 9/11, in the US where aircraft were used as weapons.

The Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill, 2010 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in August 2010. It was introduced during the process of amendment of a global diplomatic conference on anti-hijacking which was held at Beijing in August-September, 2010.

Beijing Protocol: This Protocol has brought out new principal offences in hijacking. This protocol is combined with ancillary offences, enlarged the scope of ‘hijacking’, expanded jurisdiction and strengthened extradition and mutual assistance regimes in case hijacking.


Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014 passed in Lok Sabha

The Lok Sabha has passed the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014. It was passed by a voice vote. The Bill seeks to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 and the Constitution (Sikkim) Scheduled Castes Order, 1978.


  • The bill includes certain communities in the list of Scheduled Castes from Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Tripura. They are
  1. Kerala: Pulluvan, Thachar (other than ‘Carpenter’).
  2. Madhya Pradesh:
  3. Odisha: Amata, Amath, Bajia, Jaggili, Jagli, Buna Pano.
  4. Tripura: Chamar-Rohidas, Chamar-Ravidas, Dhobi, Jhalo-Malo.
  • This amendment Bill removes a Majhi (Nepali) community from the list of Scheduled Castes in Sikkim.

The bill was first tabled in 2012 but lapsed after the previous Lok Sabha was dissolved and the NDA government again had introduced it August, 2014 in Lok Sabha.


Lok Sabha passes Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2014

Lok Sabha has passed the Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2014. The Bill was passed by voice vote.

The Bill amends the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 for the changing the provision related to appointment of Director of CBI.

The Bill amends the provision in relation to the Leader of Opposition (LoP) and states that where there is no LoP, the Leader of the single largest Opposition Party in that House would be part of the committee for appointment of Director of CBI.

In the present Lok Sabha there is no LoP in Lok Sabha, since no party have the numbers to get the post. Now Congress is the largest Opposition party.


  • Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 constitutes a special investigation police force known as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
  • Earlier the Act had provision for a three member committee to make recommendations to the central government for appointment of the Director of CBI.
  • This committee comprised of Prime Minister (Chairperson), the Chief Justice of India or a Supreme Court judge nominated by him, and the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

Thus this amendment bill, will pave the way for the appointment of a new CBI Director in December as incumbent CBI Director Ranjit Sinha is to retire on 2nd December 2014.