The GUJCOC bill, which is on the lines of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), was rejected in 2004 and 2008 by the then President AJP Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil respectively who had suggested some amendments in the provisions related to telephone interception and confession made before police officer being considered as evidence in court.

After its passage for the third time in the state assembly, the bill is still pending for clearance from the President.

The state government has once again prepared a new draft of the bill and rechristened it Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill-2015. It has been submitted
in the Assembly and will be tabled for discussion and approval of the House on March 31.

While the bill has been renamed , it still contains the provisions that had led to its rejection by Presidents in the past.

One such contentious provision is the admissibility of evidence collected through intercepted calls of the accused. This provision empowers the police to intercept calls and admit it as evidence in the court.

Justifying the provision, the 'Statement of Objects and Reasons' in the bill states that it is necessary in the contemporary day where organised criminal syndicates make extensive use of wire and oral communication.

It says that the interception of such communication to obtain evidence is inevitable and an indispensable aid for the law enforcement.

The statement provides a detailed justification on the issue by adding that the existing laws are inadequate to curb the menace of organised crimes.

The Bill will be tabled for discussion and approval of the house on March 31, the last day of ongoing Budget session.

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