Maha Minorities Commission vested with powers of civil court

Mumbai: A bill to vest the state Minorities Commission with all the powers of a civil court was passed in the Maharashtra State assembly on 18 April by virtue of which the Commission will be empowered to summon any officer or person of the state in the Commission’s office if any complaint against him has been made to the Commission. After making enquiries against him it can recommend to the government suitable action to be taken against him. Under this bill the Commission can issue summons to any officer anywhere in the state and declare his / her presence compulsory in its office, ask for any official document, proofs etc. and ask the officer to make or send a statement alongwith an affidavit to its office, as in a court. The Commission can also order an officer to search for and submit any document to it (Commission) either the original or copy or authorise any officer of the Commission to visit any office and inspect any document even if it is confidential or secret.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2012 on page no. 3

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