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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2588

Delhi returns Gujarat’s tough anti-terror law after holding it back for four-years

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 19 June (Asiantribune.com): The Manmohan Singh has slipped into a confrontationist mode with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the issue of fighting terrorism by rejecting Presidential assent to a tough anti-terror law ofManmohan Singh.has slipped into a confrontationist mode with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the issue of fighting terrorism by rejecting Presidential assent to a tough anti-terror law of Gujaratbinet has approved the proposal (of the interior ministry) to recommend to the President that the Bill may be returned to Gujarat to make three changes before it can be considered for assent’, Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters here on Friday.

The bill has been pending with the Federal government for the past four years, though BJP’s Modi government has been claiming that the bill was on the lines of law to check organized crime adopted by Maharashtra.

Explaining the reasons for the decision, Chidambaram said we want the state government to bring the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Bill in conformity with the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act which was amended by Parliament last year.

There are three provisions of the Bill which have not been in accordance with the UAP Act. One of these related to confessions to a police officer, which are admissible under the Bill. Delhi wants the state to drop the provision. It also wants the courts the power to give bail after hearing the public prosecutor.

Net Working Police Stations

The Indian cabinet has cleared a Rs 2,000 crore plan to link all police stations through Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems. The project will ensure speedy and transparent investigation, Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters.

When in place, the CCTNS will help strengthening of intelligence gathering machinery, improved public delivery system, citizen-friendly interface and nationwide sharing of information on crime and criminals.

-Asian Tribune -.

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