Modi lampoons CBI's assessment of Gujarat
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi today accused the CBI of "castigating" the state's law and order situation and "despising" elected members and the state government.delhi Updated: Feb 01, 2011 13:40 IST
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused the CBI of "castigating" the state's law and order situation and "despising" elected members and the state government.
Modi said reduction in incidence of crime, as well as, better law, order and communal situation in the state suggested an overall peaceful and congenial atmosphere. He said such facts could be ascertained from the National Crime Record Bureau reports.
"However, as reported in the media, organisations like the CBI have been castigating the state's law and order situation, making observation about highly communalised atmosphere and despising democratically elected members and state government," he said in his address at the internal security conference of chief ministers in New Delhi.
Modi said Gujarat is being "targeted" and "singled out" which does not augur well for the federal structure of governance.
On the issue of police reforms, the chief minister said the Supreme Court order in the Prakash Singh Vs Union of India case would lead to "creation of new power centres" in the forms of Security Commission and Police Complaints Authority which may become difficult to be handled, even by the judiciary.
He said police administration and law order were state subjects under the Constitution and that state legislatures were competent to make appropriate laws in this regard. Modi said model acts circulated by the Centre were welcome for ensuring uniform policies across the country.
"However, in our constitutional frame work where federal structure has been adopted and separation of power is hallmark of a vibrant governance system in a democracy, directions as given in aforesaid order of the Honourable Supreme Court will upset the scheme of governance and police administration," he said.
Modi asked the Centre to urge the apex court to allow states to enact appropriate laws. He also lamented the Centre's "poor response" to suggestions made during previous chief ministers' conferences on internal security.
"I am constrained to mention that even after lot of deliberation held in this august body every year, policy issues discussed in earlier conferences are not being addressed meaningfully and effectively," Modi said.