TAMIL NADU

Amending POTA

V.N. Gopal, Chennai

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Sir, — The Union Cabinet's decision to promulgate the ordinance is a retrograde step. POTA was enacted to tackle terrorism. When terrorist activities are increasing by the day, watering down the Act by conferring decision-making powers on the review committees is not advisable. Is it not true that any existing criminal law can be misused? The Centre seems to have buckled under pressure from NDA partners.

R. Thiruvengadam, Chennai

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Sir, — The amendment is welcome. But there is no mention of a time limit for the review committees to dispose of complaints. Inordinate delay will make the accused languish in jails for months. The constitution of these committees should be representative.

S. Sellappa, Pondicherry

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