Controversial Anti-Terror Bill passed in Gujarat Assembly

Gandhinagar, March 31: The controversial Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill was passed today in Gujarat assembly by a majority vote despite strong protests from Opposition Congress in the House.

The bill has some controversial provisions. This empowers the authorities to intercept phone calls and submit those in the court as evidence against the suspect.

Earlier, the bill was rejected by the President thrice. However, the bill in new name was again introduced today in the House. During the debate, the Congress had demanded removal of the controversial sections from the draft.

The Opposition suggested to drop the controversial provisions as suggested by the then presidents. But the minister Rajni Patel batted for the sections saying the bill is "need of the hour" and it is in favour of the nation. He said that the bill allows the authorities to take strong action against the traitors.

The Opposition walked out of the House and the bill was cleared.

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