Union minister for law and justice DV Sadananda Gowda has expressed concern about false terror charges against Muslim youths which are followed by acquittals because of lack of evidence across the nation, a report in ‘The Times of India’ has said.
He added that legal reforms are in the pipeline to address such cases.
Gowda, who was in Aligarh for the 'Vikas Parv' celebrations to mark two years of NDA government at the Centre, said that cases of arrest of Muslim youths on false terror charges are a matter of concern.
Law commission is working on a report to bring about reforms in criminal procedure, bail, prosecution lapses, etc. A Supreme Court judge is the chairperson of a panel preparing the report, he added.
His remarks on the matter came almost a week after Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the same paper 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".
Accused in terror charges, many Muslim men have lost the prime years of their lives as they languished in jail. After being released they have found it difficult to adjust to a world that has changed in the interim.