Indian Bare Acts

THE ANTI-HIJACKING ACT, 1982

Title : THE ANTI-HIJACKING ACT, 1982

Year : 1982



(1)Whoever on board an aircraft in flight, unlawful, by force or threat of force or by any other form of intimidation, seizes or exercises control of that aircraft, commits the offence of hijacking of such aircraft.

(2)Whoever attempts to commit any of the acts referred to in sub-section (1) in relation to any aircraft, or abets the commission of any such act, shall also be deemed to have committed the offence of hijacking of such aircraft.

(3) For the purposes of this section, an aircraft shall be deemed to be in flight at any time from the moment when all its external doors are closed following embarkation until the moment when any such door is opened for disembarkation and in the case of a forced landing, the flight shall be deemed to continue until the competent authorities of the country in which such forced landing takes place take over the responsibility for the aircraft and for persons and property on board.



Whoever commits the offence of hijacki9ng shall be punished with imprisonment for life and shall also be liable to fine.


 
Whoever, being a person committing the offence of hijacking of an aircraft, commits, in connection with such occurrence, any act of violence against any passenger or member of the crew of such aircraft, shall be punished with the same punishment with which he would have been punishable under any law for the time being in force in India if such act had been committed in India.



(1)Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2), where an offence under section 4 or section 5 is committed outside India, the person committing such offence may be dealt with in respect thereof as if such offence had been committed at any place within India at which he may be found.

(2) No court shall take cognisance of an offence punishable under section 4 or section 5 which is committed outside India unless—

(a) Such offence is committed on board an aircraft registered in India;

(b) Such offence is committed on board an aircraft which is for the time being leased without crew to a lessee who has his principal place of business or where he has no such place of business, his permanent residence in India; or

(c) The alleged offender is a citizen of India or is on board the aircraft in relation to which such offence is committed when it lands in India or is found in India.

Last updated on June, 2016

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