Goonda Act used for detaining BJP, RSS workers

via published on June 30, 2009

The BJP yesterday alleged that the CPI (M)-led LDF Government in the state was using the ‘Goonda Act’ to detain BJP and RSS workers. Talking to reporters here, BJP leader P S Sreedharan Pillai alleged that the state government was also using the legislation to settle political scores with its adversaries.

” As per the direction of the CPI (M), a number of BJP and RSS workers, who were totally innocent, were kept under preventive detention,” he alleged. Pillai, who is incharge of the party’s Lakshadweep unit, charged that the government’s draft proposal to initiate the ‘Kerala Police Reforms Act’ was against the recommendations of the National Police Commission and the directions of the Supreme Court.

” As per the SC direction, the state governments are directed to constitute a State Security Commission in every state to ensure that the Government does not exercise unwarranted influence or pressure on the state Police and for laying down the broad policy guidelines so that the State Police always act according to the laws of the land and the Constitution,” Pillai noted.

He said that the Apex Court had also given a direction that the watchdog body should be headed by the Chief Minister or Home Minister as the Chairman and have the DGP of the State as its ex-officio Secretary.

However, in the Security Commission to be constituted in the State, out of the nine members, eight would be representatives of the Government, which was against the direction of the Apex Court, he said. ”If this is the case, the Commission would not able to function in an independent manner,” he charged.

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