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Kerala Government Withdraws Controversial Amendment to Kerala Police Law | India News


NEW DELHI: The Kerala state government has decided not to implement the amendment to the Kerala Police Law after opposition from various groups on the grounds that it would restrict freedom of expression.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that in view of the severe opposition to the amendment, the government has decided not to go ahead with the proposed amendment.
“With the announcement of the amendment, different points of view emerged from different sectors. Those who supported the LDF and those who defended the protection of democracy expressed concerns. In this situation, it is not intended to amend the law,” said Vijayan.
The prime minister said that a detailed assembly discussion will take place on this issue.
“Detailed discussions in this regard will be held in the Assembly and further action will be taken in this regard after hearing the views of all parties,” he said.
The state cabinet, last month, had decided to strengthen the Police Act by recommending the addition of Section 118-A. On Saturday, the Governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammed Khan, signed the ordinance amending the Kerala Police Law.
The amended law generated controversy shortly after Khan signed it. The opposition claimed that it would give more power to the police and could be an instrument to suppress press freedom.

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