President withholds assent to Guj anti-terror Bill

President Pratibha Patil has withheld her assent to the controversial Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill.

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2012, 16:15 PM IST

New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil has withheld her assent to the controversial Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill, 2003 (GUJCOC) following
state government`s refusal to make amendments to it.

"The President has withheld her assent from the Bill on
January 22, 2012 as the state government had not made any
amendments in clauses 16 and 20 in the said Bill as per the
directives contained in Presidential message to the earlier
Bill.

"The same has been conveyed to the Secretary to the
Governor, Gujarat on February 2, 2012," Minister of State for
Home Mullappally Ramachandran told Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The Minister said the Gujarat government has re-submitted
the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill,
2003, as passed by the State Legislature and reserved by the
Gujarat Governor for consideration of the President, which was
received in the Home Ministry on November 11, 2009.

The controversial anti-terror Bill GUJCOCA has been
vigorously pursued by Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The proposed law was earlier rejected by the Centre on
the ground that it was not in line with its new legislation
dealing with terrorism like Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Amendment Act.

PTI