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Saturday, August 13, 2011

NAXAL MENACE: Centre challenges SC order on SPOs!

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Centre challenges SC order on SPOs

New Delhi: The government has moved the Supreme Court asking it to review and recall two crucial clauses of the July 5 order banning Special Police Officers (SPOs) in the anti-Naxal operations in states like Chhattisgarh.

In the petition, which was filed yesterday, the Home Ministry sought the recall of the two paras, 75 (ii) and 76, on the ground that they were against the spirit of the Constitution.

Para 75 (ii) of the apex court's order asks the "Union of India to cease and desist, forthwith, from using any of its funds in supporting, directly or indirectly the recruitment of SPOs for the purposes of engaging in any form of counter-insurgency activities against Maoist/Naxalite groups".

Para 76 of the order held the "appointment of SPOs to perform any of the duties of regular police officers, other than those specified in Sections 23(1)(h) and 23(1)(i) of Chhattisgarh Police Act, 2007, to be unconstitutional".

Sources said, the Home Ministry has pointed out that under the Constitution, policing was exclusively in the domain of the executive and, judiciary could not interfere in it.

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