UP might go for ordinance to implement UPCOCA

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Lucknow, Dec 5 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government will be forced to bring an ordinance to implement the controversial UP Control of Organised Crime Act (UPCOCA) after the state Legislative Council Referred it to the select committee for the second time.

The government might go for an ordinance to implement the Act to control crime after both the Houses are prorogued by the Governor.

According to sources, now the Mayawati government has no option than to wait for maximum three months time for the select committee of the Upper House to decide its fate or go for the ordinance.

The principal opposition Samajwadi Party is opposing the proposed Act which they term has been brought to nail the opposition parties' leaders by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government.

For the second time yesterday UPCOCA bill was referred to the select committee by the State Legislative Council.

''If the upper house had rejected the bill, then the assembly could have passed it for the second time for making it an Act. But as now the government has to wait for the decision of the select committee, they can bring an ordinance to implement the Act,'' sources maintained.

The UPCOCA has been designed on the lines of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), 1999, giving additional powers to the state to curb organised crime.

UPCOCA bill was passed by the state assembly on November 5 by a voice vote.

However, in the Legislative Council, where the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is in minority, the Bill could not be passed due to strong opposition from SP. The Bill was sent to the Legislative Council select committee for consideration on November 6.

While introducing the Bill on October 31, Chief Minister Mayawati had said the proposed legislation would primarily deal with contract killers, kidnappers, gun-totting contractors, hawala operators, enemies of economic structure, fake drug traffickers and liquor Mafias.


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