President Mukherjee returns Gujarat Anti-terror bill to MHA

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday returned the controversial Gujarat anti-terror bill seeking additional information from the Union home ministry related to certain provisions of the bill.

"Home Ministry will provide the additional inputs to the President after obtaining the same from the Gujarat government," a Home Ministry official said.

The Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill, 2015, which has been hanging fire since Narendra Modi as Gujarat CM first introduced it in 2003, was sent to the President in September 2015 for his assent.

The IT Ministry had objected to the provision in the bill, which allow authorization of interception of telephone conversations and their admissibility as evidence before a court of law.

The contentious bill was first rejected by then President A P J Abdul Kalam in 2004. It was again rejected when Pratibha Patil was the President.

On both the occasions, the union government had recommended the President to reject the bill saying several provisions of the GCTOC were not in conformity with the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

(With agency inputs)

News24 Bureau