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Terror laws hang fire

Terror laws hang fire

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Publication: India Today
Date: August 11, 2008

The Union Government has shown no urgency in clearing anti-crime bills of the State Governments.

Gujarat: The Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Bill was passed by the State Assembly and the draft bill was approved by the Central Government in 2003. It is pending presidential approval since June 2004 after the current UPA Government came to power.

Rajasthan: The Rajasthan Control of Organised Crime Bill, 2006, was sent for approval to Delhi in January 2006. A watered-down version of MCOCA after Central objections, it provides for pre-arrest detention of suspects in judicial custody. Arrest possible only on written orders by an officer of SP rank.

Uttar Pradesh: On directions from the high court, the Mayawati Government introduced the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Bill to contain the mafia and growing terrorism in the state, about six months back. The bill has been pending approval before the President.

Madhya Pradesh: A draft of the Madhya Pradesh Control of Terrorism, Unlawful Activities and Organised Crime Bill (Aatank Vadi Evam Uchhedak Gatividhiya Tatha Sangathit Apradh Niyantran Vidheyak), is awaiting Central nod since last year. An approval is mandatory for all criminal laws passed by the state.

Andhra Pradesh: A draft of the Andhra Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Bill was passed by the earlier Government, headed by Chandrababu Naidu, in the state Assembly in 2001. But the Bill has been awaiting the clearance of the Central Government since 2006.


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