The controversial Gujarat anti-terrorism law receives the approval of the president
AHMEDABAD: The president has given his assent to the 'Law on Control of Terrorism and Organized Crime (GCTOC)', a controversial state-approved anti-terrorism legislation governed by the BJP in March 2015.
One of the key features of the new Law is that intercepted telephone conversations would now be considered legitimate evidence.
The announcement about the presidential assent was made by Gujarat State Minister for the Home, Pradeepsinh Jadeja, in Gandhinagar on Tuesday.
The bill, previously called the Gujarat Organized Crime Control Bill (GUJCOC), had failed to obtain the presidential approval three times since 2004 when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi He was the prime minister of the state.
In 2015, the Gujarat government reintroduced the bill by renaming it as the GCTOC, but retained the controversial provisions such as empowering the police to take advantage of telephone conversations and present them in court as evidence.
Jadeja said the provisions of the bill will be crucial to deal with terrorism and organized crime, such as contract killing, ponzi schemes, narcotics trade and extortion.
PM Modi's dream was finally fulfilled today, he said.
One of the key features of this bill is that intercepted telephone conversations would now be considered legitimate evidence. This bill also provides for the creation of a special court, as well as the appointment of special public prosecutors. We can now attach properties acquired through organized crimes. We can also cancel the transfer of properties, Jadeja said.
Other provisions of the law are the admissibility of the confession made before a police officer as evidence.