ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Preventive Detention- Encompassing All

EVERY time the Government has come forth with a preventive detention measure or its renewal, as it has so frequently done, routine assurances are given that the measure would never be used to curb legitimate political acti- vity; that it would never be used to curb legitimate struggles of the working class. The same ritual was gone through when the National Security Ordinance was promulgated and later legislated into the National Security Act, though almost the, very first application of the newly acquired powers was the. detention of the Dhanbad trade union leader, A K Hoy. That detention order and two other similar orders were quashed by the Supreme Court on a technical ground, since those orders had been issued without the Centre issuing a necessary notification listing those supplies and services which in the Centre's view were 'essential'. The Centre has now rectified this lapse by its notification issued early this week.

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