New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) Taking exception to the statement of Home Minister Shivraj Patil that the Government was willing to come out with a strong anti-terror law but it would not have a provision to make confession before the police an admissible evidence, the BJP today said this was the conclusive proof that the UPA Government is soft on terror.
BJP spokesman Ravishankar Prasad said quoting stringent provisions of anti Dowry Act, Customs Act and Dangerious Drugs Act that if the country can have stringent provisions where the onus of disproving the allegation was on the accused person why the Centre should shy away from retaining the provision in anti-terror laws also? Citing the provision of the IPC where if a wife dies an unnatural death within seven years of marriage, the husband and his family has to face inquiry because the law presumes the death to be a dowry death. Any statement made before a Gazetted Officer is deemed as an evidence. Why should the UPA and Home Minister Shivraj Patil oppose similar provision? he asked.
Answering questions about the ongoing feud between Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati over the allotment of land in Rae Bareli for a developmental project, Mr Prasad said it had turned out to be an interesting fluctuation of personal animosity between two important ladies of Indian politics.
"We expect the two to maintain institutional and personal respects and development should not be a casualty", he remarked.
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