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Gujarat Passes Controversial Anti-Terror Bill
Apr 03, 2015

Gujarat assembly passed the controversial Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill (GCTOC), which was earlier returned by the President thrice to the state government for reconsideration when Narendra Modi was Chief Minister. The state government re-introduced the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Bill after renaming it. The bill, however, has retained the controversial provisions.

Key Provisions

  • The GUJCOC Bill, which was on the lines of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), was rejected in 2004 and 2008 by then President APJ Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil respectively.

  • The bill is a modified version of the original 2003 Gujarat Control of Organized Crime (GUJCOC) Bill which was not cleared by the earlier NDA and UPA governments for last one decade.

  • The Bill, drawn on the lines of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act and Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act, has a provision for death penalty and a fine of Rs 10 lakh.

  • The Bill allows police to intercept and record telephonic conversations and submit them in court as evidence.

  • A confession made by a person before a police officer not below the rank of SP shall be admissible in the trial of such accused, co-accused, abettor or conspirator for an offence under the provisions of this Bill.

  • Section 20 (2) (b) of the Bill says stipulated time to complete probe and file the chargesheet can be exceeded to 180 days (six months) from the current stipulated time of 90 days.

  • Under section 20 (4) of this Bill no accused person shall be released on bail or on his own bond unless the public prosecutor has been given an opportunity to oppose the application, the special court is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing that accused is not guilty of such offence and that he is not likely to commit any offence while on bail.

  • The cases under the act can be tried only in a special courts set up for this purpose.


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