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Thursday January 05, 2012 09:23:08 PM, & Agencies

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Bhopal/Malegaon: Days after the Madhya Pradesh's amended legislation banning the cow slaughter received the presidential nod, experts and minority leaders express fear that the law would be misused against the minorities, especially the Muslims.


Stating that the provision is not in contravention with the existing law, but there has to be checks and balances, former Supreme Court judge Justice Faizanuddin said, “Minorities will be targeted just the way any anti-terror law is used to point fingers at Muslims."


“Mere suspicion can’t be a basis for action, there has to be some material evidence", the Indian Express quoted the retired judge as saying.


The long-pending Madhya Pradesh Gauvansh Vadh Pratishedh (Sanshodhan) Vidheyak 2010 received the Presidential assent on December 22 following which it has become an Act and has been published in the December 31, 2011 government gazette.

Besides increasing the maximum jail term for offences under the MP Govansh Vadh Pratishedh Vidhayak to seven years, the new law allows a head constable or senior police officials, or anyone authorised by a competent authority “to enter and inspect any premises within the local limits of his jurisdiction, where he has reasons to believe that an offence has been, is being or is likely to be committed and shall take necessary action (search and seizure).”

Former Congress Home Minister Satyadev Katare, spokesperson of MP Catholic Church Fr Anand Muttungal and CPM state general secretary Badal Saroj have also criticized the amended legislation. Saroj in fact termed it as 'fascist'. 

“The state does not have a laboratory that can tell the difference between cow meat and buffalo meat,” the Indian Express quoted Saroj, who also alleged that police officials and bureaucracy are already communal and the new legislation will give them unbridled powers to target the Muslims.






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