Anti-Terrorism and Organized Crime-GCTOC Bill, 2015 finally passed by Gujarat Government with majority votes

New Delhi: Terrorism from the Birth land of PM, Modi is now sought to be removed by passing a Bill which is to bring control over terrorism and other organised crime. The Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill, 2015 has now been passed by the Legislative Assembly of State of Gujarat.

Hon’ble President of India, has for three time rejected and return the same Bill to the State Government for reconsideration. However, now it was passed by votes of majority.

The Bill seeks to provide the Police for intercepting and recording Telephonic conversations and also to produce them as an evidence before the Courts of Law.

The ‘Statement of Objects and Reasons’ of the Bill while justifying it provisions provides that it is necessary in the contemporary day where organised criminal syndicates make extensive use of wire and oral communication.

The Bill was the new copy of the previously presented Bill i.e. the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime, Bill (GUJCOC), which was now re-tabled for rectification. The previous Bill was rejected and returned by the then Presidents APJ Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil in the years 2004 and 2008 respectively, with the suggestions of certain modifications in the provisions thereof, especially, the one relating to Telephonic Interception and confession made before the Police Officials to consider as an evidence before the Courts. However, now the controversial provisions retained with the Bill, those are sections 14, 16 and 20 of the Bill.

Rajnikant Patel, Minister of State for Home affairs has re-presented the Bill again in the House. The controversial provision was opposed by the Opposition Congress and demanded its removal. Even at the end, Mr. Shankarsinh Vaghela and Shaktisinh Gohil, Congress leaders tried to insist by saying that the controversial provisions should be dropped from the Bill, as per the earlier suggestions of the former Presidents.

But, the oppose was answered by R. Patel saying that the concerned provisions are in favour of the Nation and People therein. As such, the Bill got majority of Votes, when the Congress walked out of House.

By Faim Khalilkhan Pathan