No paper prepared to bring changes in CrPC: Omar
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 23:43
Jammu: J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said his government has not prepared any paper to bring amendments in Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) for providing legal protection to the armed forces in the state.

"The government has not prepared any paper regarding the amendments to be made in the CrPC," Omar said in a meeting with CPI(M) state secretary and legislator MY Tarigami.

The CPI(M) leader had called on Omar this evening.

"There is no move by the government to replace a temporary legislation with a permanent legislation, which is being debated at present in the media," the chief minister said.

During the meeting, Tarigami mentioned about the likely amendment to the CrPC as reported in a section of media. He said various suggestions in this regard have been received from various quarters.

The CM said the government understands the sensitivity of the issue and therefore, any decision in this regard will be taken only after wider consultation with all the parties concerned.

Earlier, Omar, in a bid to allay concerns on the issue of revocation of AFSPA, had said the state government could consider restoring two provisions of CrPC to make them applicable to the state so that armed forces have legal protection.

"They (security forces) have pointed out that in all other states of the country, Army enjoys protection under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which is not applicable in Jammu and Kashmir's RPC. We are ready to amend the RPC to make it on par with CrPC to remove doubts of the Army," Omar had said on Wednesday night.


First Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 23:43

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