Cases of arrest of Muslim youths on false terror charges cause of concern: Law Minister Gowda

Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday expressed concern about false terror charges slapped on Muslim youths across the country. The minister added that legal reforms will be made to address such cases.
When asked about an increase in instances of false terror charges against Muslim youths and the problems of rehabilitation they face after their acquittal, Gowda said (and quoted by The Times of India): “Cases of arrest of Muslim youths on false terror charges are a matter of concern. We are thinking of bringing in changes. The law commission is working on a report in this matter to bring about reforms in criminal procedure, bail, prosecution lapses, etc. A Supreme Court judge is the chairperson of a panel preparing the report, and there are other legal experts who are helping in preparing this report, and it is being worked upon.” Gowda was here for the celebrations to mark two years of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre.
Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had told the daily that “the government has settled for a calibrated approach to terror investigations, advising police to adopt a more sophisticated approach, including de-radicalisation strategies, rather than necessarily prosecuting all suspects”.

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