Today PCOOC (Punjab Control of Organised Crime) Act 2016 was not approved by the Punjab Cabinet. This act is for the state to have power to deal with criminal gangs that are organised in efficient manner.
This act was returned to the examining committee during a cabinet meeting as it has similar guidelines like the controversial Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 2016 (MCOCA).
As per the sources this act that was returned for re-examining the provisions of the act was handled by home department that is headed by Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was the cabinet meeting head, many other council members asked to re-examine the facts and make changes in the provision of PCOOC Act, 2016.
The argument was made in the meeting that if this act passes then it can be non-productive and it can become counter-productive to the government. As per the data in the act there are 70 organised gangs that are operating the Punjab and around 500 members would be there.
Few days before SYL Issue was also addressed in same manner and CM Badal has asked Kejriwal on the status of his favoring side.
Other important provisions in the act are that the SP-rank official will be taken as evidence in any confession are made in front of them. And all the other policemen can provide electronic evidences that will be valid till 10 years. DIG and above can invoke PCOCA provision whenever needed.
Within this Act, there are also provisions for camera installation in the courtroom and all the proceedings should get a special court to make sure that the trials turns out to be speedy.
7000 recruitments are needed in the state and instruction were to be made to the finance department to make sure the gangs are controlled properly, but this provision could not be made.
Finally the financial department has also objected about the relaxation of Police department in regard to language, age and qualification.