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GujCOC bill set for Delhi again

GujCOC bill set for Delhi again

Author: Agencies
Publication: The Times of India
Date: November 10, 2009

Governor S C Jamir, who is holding additional responsibility of Gujarat, has given his assent to the Guj-COC bill, which had seen a confrontation between the Centre and state government, even as he referred to the Union government another legislation brought in after the hooch tragedy in the state.

The governor has approved GujCOC (Gujarat Control of Organise Crime) and the Disturbed Areas Act (amendment) bill, which were passed by the assembly in the last session. The bills were also sent for presidential nod, sources said on Monday.

Jamir, however, returned the bill amending the Bombay Prohibition Act. The bill was amended proposing death penalty and life imprisonment for those found guilty of manufacturing, selling and supply of hooch which results in death.

It was introduced by the BJP government following a hooch tragedy which had claimed over 130 lives in July. "The governor has approved GujCOC and the Disturbed Areas (amendment) Act while the amendment bill on the prohibition act has been sent back for reconsideration," an official said. The Disturbed Areas Act was amended to check illegal transfer of properties in communally sensitive areas.

GujCOC bill was re-introduced and passed by the assembly after it was returned by the Centre with recommendation of changes. Theassembly passed the bill as it was, rejecting the suggestion. Originally, GujCOC was passed in 2004 and sent for the President's assent. However, for more than four years the bill has now been tossed between Gandhinagar and Delhi.

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