India lacks suitable piracy laws

New legislation required to tackle maritime piracy. 

India lacks legal system to prosecute pirates: Ranjit Sinha

New Delhi: CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Wednesday said that the Indian legal system lacks clear and unambiguous mechanism to prosecute maritime pirates.

Inaugurating a three-day workshop on Maritime Piracy in cooperation with BKA Germany, Sinha rued, “India does not have a separate domestic legislation to deal with piracy-related offences. In the absence of a clear and unambiguous reference to the offence of maritime piracy in the Indian law, problems have been faced in ensuring effective prosecution of the pirates.”

He said the piratical acts by a foreigner committed outside territorial waters of the country do not constitute an offence under the IPC.

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