New terrorism law in the offering

via HK published on September 17, 2008

After years of accusing the BJP for its demand of reinstating POTA, the UPA appointed ARC has admitted that the existing laws are inadequate to fight terrorism. ARC chairman Moily has demanded even tougher laws to prevent such attacks as in Delhi. Also added that sufficient safeguards would be made to prevent its misuse.

The ARC recommendation are almost a copy of the BJP’s plans. It is a surprise as the UPA had so far maintained that the existing laws were enough to deal with terrorism in India. The recommendations had been handed over to the Prime Minister two months back and the government is in the process of formulating a law tougher than POTA. Moily added that the new law will not be like POTA and TADA and that law will have legal safeguards thus hinting at loopholes for the terrorists to go free. It won’t be surprising if the terrorists cells are working on a counter document on how to break the new law by now !

The similarities between the new law and POTA will be glaring. There will be no bail for the NSA punishable criminals. There is also a recommendation of a federal agency in the line of the FBI to be created within the CBI to deal with such terror cases. It has to be seen how much leverage the UPA government will give to protecting their minority appeasement policies when drafting the law.


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