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Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday slammed the Congress for proposing the amendment of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
The Congress released its manifesto on Tuesday in which it proposed under the section to 'Amend the Code of Criminal Procedure and related laws to affirm the principle that ‘Bail is the rule and jail is the exception'.
Jaitley, came down on heavily on the party for the proposal and said that the role with regards to the CrPC belongs to the Judiciary and that Congress is attempting to amend it in order to protect the Maoists and terrorists.
"People get bail for minor crimes. As per the manifesto, the Congress wants the CrPC to be amended so any terrorist or a major criminal... this role belongs to the Judiciary. So for those who commit huge crimes, kill CRPF or people working for the state, this amendment is for the protection of the Maoists, they get bail after some time," he said.
"The party which has wanted to fight polls with Maoists, and openly declared support to the Tukde gang has come up with the proposal," he added.
In another shocking attempt to weaken the laws that help the country fight serious crimes, Congress has also promised to amend a law that helps fight corruption.
The manifesto says that it wants to amend laws which will declare that probing agencies will be subjected to restrictions imposed on the police by the Constitution, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Evidence Act.
"Amend the laws to declare that every investigation agency that has the power to search, seize, attach, summon, interrogate and arrest will be subject to the restrictions imposed on the police by the Constitution, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Evidence Act," says the manifesto.
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