Centre yet to decide on setting up of federal enforcement agency: Jaiswal

November 21st, 2007 - 6:48 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Nov.21 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal has said that most States have expressed reservations about the setting up of a federal enforcement agency, and added that the Central Government is yet to come to a decision on it.
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today, Jaiswal said: Most of the States, from which comments have been received, have expressed reservations/apprehensions on this issue, police and public order being subjects in the State list in the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution.
He also informed the Upper House that various committees such as the Justice Malimath Committee, the Professor Madhav Menon Committee and the Soli Sorabjee Committee have emphasized the need for investigation and prosecution of crimes having inter-state and international linkages by a central agency.
The Supreme Court has in the judgement delivered in September, 2006, in the Writ Petition (Civil) case of Prakash Singh and others Vs. Union of India, sought comments of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) and the Ministry of Home Affairs in this matter, he added.
As per available information, the Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Law and Justice has not made any recommendations in this regard, he concluded. (ANI)

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