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Cabinet to soon discuss Gujarat crime Bill

Cabinet to soon discuss Gujarat crime Bill
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First Published: Thu, Jun 18 2009. 11 07 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jun 18 2009. 11 07 PM IST
New Delhi: The union government is likely to soon discuss clearing a controversial Gujarat legislation that aims at providing special powers to the state police to tackle organized crime.
The Gujarat Control of Organized Crime Bill 2003 could be taken up for clearance by the Centre at a cabinet meeting on Friday, said a a top government official who did not want to be identified. “The file has been sent from the President’s office to the home ministry for placing before the cabinet. It is possible that it may come up for discussion tomorrow (Friday),” said this officer who did not want to be identified.
The bill seeks to provide special powers to the state police to control organized crime. The state government has been awaiting clearance from the Centre on this legislation for the last five years. The Gujarat government and the Bharatiya Janata Party had criticized the United Progressive Alliance government on several occasions for not clearing the bill.
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First Published: Thu, Jun 18 2009. 11 07 PM IST