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Centre rules out Presidential assent to GUJCOCA

delhi Updated: Aug 01, 2009 23:38 IST
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Home Minister P Chidambaram today ruled out recommending to the President for assent to the tough Gujarat anti-terror bill which he said was in conflict with the law passed by Parliament.

"If any state comes to the Central government for the assent of the President for a bill which is in conflict with
the last expression of the mind of Parliament, how do you expect the Home Minister to consent or recommend assent to
that bill?

"It is simply not possible," Chidambaram told reporters when asked to react to the Gujarat assembly passing the GUJCOC bill this week without any amendments suggested by the Centre.

The Home Minister said the government has to respect the sentiments expressed by Parliament when it amended the
Unlawful Activities Prevention Act last year.

"I have to respect the last expression of the mind of Parliament. The last expression of the mind of Parliament is
the amendment carried out in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. That is how Parliament has spoken," he said.

"Parliament has spoken and said confession made before a police officer will not be admissible. Parliament has spoken and said the last word on bail is the magistrate or a court and not the prosecutor. Parliament has spoken and said a person should not be detained without producing before a magistrate beyond a certain period of time. That is the last
expression of the minds of Parliament," he said.