State Congress leaders, led by Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel, will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on May 23 and submit a memorandum requesting him not to sign the controversial Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill passed by the state assembly in the last session of the assembly.
This was stated by Dariapur MLA Gayasuddin Sheikh in a statement issued today.
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The 30-member delegation will include state party president Bharatsinh Solanki, leader of opposition in the state assembly Shankersinh Vaghela and several MLAs.
Gujarat Governor O P Kohli has already forwarded the bill to the President for his approval.
Among other things, the bill gives immense power to the police and allows the statement given to a police officer admissible in a court of law, thus allegedly encouraging the police to resort to third degree to procure evidence.