New Delhi, Sept. 7 -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday lay down an important proposition of law, holding that a judicial magistrate is not competent to extend the time period for filing of a charge sheet in a case registered under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), 1967.

A three-judge bench, headed by justice Uday U Lalit, said that only a special court designated under UAPA will be authorised to deal with the issue of extending the time for filing of charge sheets in such cases.

The order would also imply that a magistrate is not competent to extend the remand of an accused in UAPA cases.

According to the bench, which also included justices S Ravindra Bhat and Bela M Trivedi, a "court" under the UAPA has to be construed as a s...