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Cabinet clears communal bill

After much delay, the controversial Communal Violence Prevention Bill was on Monday cleared by the Union Cabinet after removal of certain provisions, reducing the role of the legislation in handling of riots and making it neutral between communities.

The ‘Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013, which is facing stiff opposition from BJP and some other parties, is likely to be introduced in Parliament on Tuesday.

Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the bill was approved by the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and ‘We will try to table the Bill in Parliament on Tuesday.’
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