Firing a fresh salvo on the NCTC issue,Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday alleged that the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre was nothing but the UPA governments ploy to grab power through the backdoor.
He questioned the need for an NCTC instead of anti-terror laws such as POTA. Through this proposed body,the Centre wanted to use the Intelligence Bureau in states’ domain,he said.
Its a conspiracy to grab power through the backdoor… Already several opposition leaders are in CBI’s dragnet. Now,they are bringing in NCTC…, Modi said.
Delivering a lecture,Modi demanded that Sarkaria panels report on Centre-State relations and Justice Madan Mohan Punchhis report on Centre-State financial relations be implemented. A meeting of Inter-state Council should be called immediately,and (it should be) twice a year, he said.
Quoting Punchhi report,he said Governors should not be a political person but the Centre,unfortunately,always thrusts on Gujarat not only a political person but someone who had a different political ideology.
Modi has crossed swords with Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal on several issues. He alleged the proposed communal violence Bill aimed at taking away states powers simply by creating communal problem. Since Presidents rule cannot be imposed in a state easily,this was another ploy,he said.
Meet on NCTC now on March 12
The Union Home Ministry has postponed a meeting of top officials of all states scheduled for March 9 to end the logjam on the NCTC. The meeting will now be held on March 12. MHA officials said the decision was taken following requests from several states that due to Holi and a long week-end,many officials would not be able to attend the meeting.
Court rejects Zakia petition on SIT report
Ahmedabad: A local court on Saturday rejected a plea by Zakia Jafri,the widow of former MP Ahsan Jafri killed in the 2002 riots,for making public the SIT report on the riots.
Metropolitan magistrate M M Bhatt,while rejecting the plea,said SIT was yet to submit material related to the report. As per the Supreme Court order,after SIT submits its full report on Zakias complaint,a conclusion is to be drawn by the metropolitan court. Since the probe team has not yet submitted the full report,no conclusion can be drawn. Hence,no action is required on the report now,the court said. The court had earlier directed the SIT to submit its full report by March 15.