Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Terrorism and Organised Crime

I have long been intrigued why some States have been pressing the Centre to clear their Bills intended to control organised crime, even though they wish to use the law against terrorism. I have had some success in getting the Government of India come out with an answer, which I have explained in this recent article. A more detailed comparison of the four Bills, proposed by Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, and the Acts already in place in Maharashtra and Karnataka, than what I have attempted, will be of immense use, if only these Bills are in the public domain. I don't understand the reasons for keeping them away from the public glare, if the States really require them to fight terrorism. The Centre says, the States are the originators of these Bills, so it is better if I get these Bills from them.

2 comments:

Bikram said...

Arunachal Pradesh had also enacted a similar act and I recall that this was later repealed for being too similar to POTA. Might be useful to check on that as well.
Text of the Arunachal Act is available at http://satp.org/satporgtp/countries/india/document/actandordinances/Arunachalpradesh_crime.htm

tarunabh said...

the question also raises the issue of (lack of) easy accessibility to state laws and bills - surprising in a democracy!