States should form anti-terror Acts in line with UAPA: Centre

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New Delhi, July 8 (ANI): All anti-terror enacted by state governments should be in line with the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act due to change in government's policy, the Central has said.

"Subsequently, there has been a change in the policy of the Central government and it is of the opinion that all subsequent state Acts should be in line with the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2008, as approved by Parliament," Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Ramachandran said the assent to the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 (The Maharashtra Act No. XXX of 1999) was given on April 24, 1999 presumably in accordance with the then policy of the government.

He was responding to a question seeking the reasons behind refusal to give assent to GUJCOCA, 2003.

The Centre has also advised amendments to the Gujarat government in this regard, he added. (ANI)

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