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President yet to give assent to Gujarat anti-terror bill

President Pranab Mukherjee is yet to give assent to the controversial Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2015 00:51 IST
A Congress party delegation had met President Mukherjee in October requesting him to return the bill
A Congress party delegation had met President Mukherjee in October requesting him to return the bill(PTI)

President Pranab Mukherjee is yet to give assent to the controversial Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill.

Minister of state for home, Haribhai Chaudhary, on Tuesday informed Lok Sabha that the presidential assent to the GCTOC Bill of 2015 is still pending.

The minister also informed the Lower House that the President has withheld his assent to the Plachimada Coca-cola Victims Relief and Compensation Claims Special Tribunal Bill of Kerala and the state government was informed about it on November 27.

The bill was passed by the Kerala assembly in 2011 in order to constitute a tribunal to give compensation and relief to those who claimed to have suffered losses due to environmental damage allegedly caused by the Coca-Cola Unit at Plachimada in the state. Sources say the Centre found the bill to be in conflict with the National Green Tribunal Act passed by Parliament.

On the controversial Gujarat anti-terror bill, the home ministry sources said it was sent for the presidential approval in September this year. The bill has been thrice returned by the Centre to Gujarat due to its controversial provisions with regard to empowering the police to tap phones and making them admissible as evidence in court and making confessions before a police officer not below the rank of Superintendent of Police admissible as evidence.

A Congress party delegation had met President Mukherjee in October requesting him to return the bill.