President returns Gujarat anti-terror Bill

A controversial anti-terror Bill, passed by the Gujarat Assembly but twice rejected by the UPA government, was returned by President Pranab Mukherjee, seeking additional information after which the legislation was withdrawn.

The Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill, 2015, which has been hanging fire since Narendra Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister first introduced it in 2003, was returned to the Home Ministry as the President sought more inputs. “The Home Ministry will provide the additional inputs after obtaining the same from the Gujarat government,” an official said on Thursday. In July last year, the Modi government at the Centre had sent back the bill to the State government asking it to clarify on certain issues raised by the Ministry of Information and Technology (IT). — PTI