Center stops Prez from approving Gujcoc Bill

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New Delhi, Feb 2: Citing non-compliance with the changes suggested by the home ministry, the Center has advised President Pratibha Patil against approving the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (Gujcoc) Bill.

Sources said that the home ministry has asked the president to avoid signing the Bill, passed by Gujarat assembly for the fourth time in Jul 28, 2009.

The home minister had suggested the removal of two provision in Gujcoc, one was the admission of confession made before a police officer and the other included a clause under which a person is not allowed bail if the public prosecutor opposes it.

The Bill was returned by the president as per by the advice of the home ministry in Nov 2008.

Stating that the Gujcoc Bill and the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was almost identical, Narendra Modi government submitted the Bill to the president for her consent without incorporating the necessary changes.

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