'New anti-terror law on the anvil'
The Law ministry has sent a proposal to the Home ministry and would very soon declare the contents of the law which will have 'reasonable restrictions,' Union Law Minister HR Bhardwaj said.india Updated: Dec 13, 2008 14:51 IST
Government is mulling a new anti-terror law to more effectively deal with the scourge.
The Law ministry has sent a proposal to the Home ministry and would very soon declare the contents of the law which will have "reasonable restrictions," Union Law Minister HR Bhardwaj told reporters in New Delhi on Saturday.
The Minister was non-commital on being asked whether the new legislation will come up before the ongoing session of Parliament, saying it has to be first cleared by the Cabinet.
Earlier, addressing the International Conference of Jurists on Terrorism, Rule of Law and Human Rights, Bhardwaj said time had come for a "really very effective" legislation to combat the menace in the aftermath of the Mumbay mayhem last month.
"We would arm ourselves with laws specifically aimed at terrorist and disruptive elements. The Government would very soon declare the contents of the law," he said.
The Minister said the country never thought that it will face terrorism to such an extent. "But now the time has come for really very effective laws," he said.
Bhardwaj, however, hastened to add that the proposed law would not in any way infringe on Article 21 (Right to Liberty)."The law will be there with reasonable restrictions."