To comply with Supreme Court directive on police reforms, the Assembly on Wednesday passed the Tamil Nadu Police (Reforms) Bill 2013.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa moved the Bill on the last day of the session. The Bill would replace Tamil Nadu Police (Reforms) Ordinance, 2013, promulgated by Governor K. Rosiah on September 10.

The Supreme Court had directed State governments to enact a law in respect of police reforms.

Soon after the Bill was introduced, the Speaker P. Dhanapal invited suggestions from the legislators for inclusion and omission of certain clauses in it.

M.H. Jawahirullah, Ramanathapuram MLA suggested nearly 15 amendments to the Bill.

He said that the relationship between the government and the police should be explained clearly in the Bill. Similarly, the role, power and responsibility of the Director General of Police should be clearly enunciated, particularly with reference to the State Minister in-charge of Police.

Police Establishment Board should function independently. What are the powers of the Minister in-charge of police had to be explained clearly in the Bill, he added.

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