Malhotra says BJP respects SC order but POTA need of hour

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New Delhi, Oct 21 (UNI) Senior BJP leader V K Malhotra today said his party respected today's Supreme Court order, dropping POTA charges against 134 accused in Godhra train carnage, but emphasised that a stringent terror law like POTA was the need of the hour.

''The Supreme Court has a right to take action. However, misuse of a law did not mean that we should do away with it. If there was abuse of POTA, remedial measures should be taken,'' he told reporters here.

Earlier, the Supreme Court today directed that the POTA charges be dropped against against 134 accused and trial should resume under the provisions of the IPC.

The Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) review committee, appointed by the Union Government, had recommended the dropping of charges under the Act against those arrested for their alleged involvement in the Godhra train burning incident in which 59 Kar Sevaks were burnt alive in 2002 which sparked off communal riots in Gujarat.

The Narendra Modi government had, however, opposed such a move.

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