“The governor has referred the Bill to the President as it was required as per the provisions of Article 254 of the Constitution. The governor has referred the Bill on request of the state government,” a Raj Bhavan release read.
Opposition parties have referred to the law as “kala kanoon” (black law), an “undeclared Emergency” and an attempt to curtail rights.
However, CM Yogi Adityanath, while initiating discussion on the Bill, has said, “BJP ne kabhi kisi kanoon ka durpyog nahi kiya….. Humari sarkar koi bhi durpyog nahi hone degi (BJP has never misused any law and my government will not allow any misuse.”
However, he added that crime was being “created” in the State to malign the image of his government, and the Bill would instil fear in criminals and establish “Kanoon ka raj” (rule of law). He added that his government does not work with a feeling of “vengeance”.
The Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Bill, on the lines of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, seeks to curb organised crime and deal strictly with those trying to foment terror or dislodge the government forcibly or through violent means.
The UPCOC Bill, 2017 also seeks to act sternly against those using explosives or firearms or any other violent means or damaging life and property or involved in anti-national or destructive activities.