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Home Ministry delayed Communal Violence Bill: Rahman Khan

PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 21:23

New Delhi: Minority Affairs Minister K Rahman Khan today said the Home Ministry had delayed the controversial Communal Violence Bill which ultimately could not become a law.

"From the time I became the Minister I started pursuing that. I met the Home Minister, I met the Home Secretary .... Absolutely they were not keen," Khan said while interacting with members of Indian Women`s Press Corps here.

Asked whether he was holding the Home Ministry responsible for killing the bill, he said, "it was the bureaucratic delay, where if bureaucrats want to delay, they can do it."

He went on to add, "Sometimes, either you call it our weakness or political weakness or minister weakness, we were not able to pursue."

Khan, who became Minority Affairs Minister in 2012 when Sushilkumar Shinde was the Home Minister, was talking about the Prevention of Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill.
He said the bill, which was finally approved by the cabinet, could not be passed since the "secular parties" also joined the opposition bandwagon in stalling the bill.
"Ultimately we brought a bill, Cabinet approved it and we wanted to introduce. We knew we could not get it passed but still we introduced. But at the last moment the opposition raised that you have no right to introduce the bill because it is interference of the state. Even the secular parties opposed it," he added.

First Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 21:23

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