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

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Political Execution-Without Protest

providing for preventive detention legislation. Seen from this point of view, the 45th Amendment Bill falls severely short of expectations. For what the government has done is to modify Article 22 to the extent of merely reducing the duration for which a person can be detained without being produced before the courts, or without having formal charges levelled against him, from the present three months to two months. But the power to make laws providing for preventive detention are very much there; in other words, the Indian people continue to enjoy the fundamental right to be detained without trial. The government, had it been honestly committed to its liberal professions, could have either deleted this article entirely, or at least amended it in such a manner as to limit the imposition of preventive detention to periods of Emergency proclaimed under Article 352

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