GOVERNMENT OF WEST BENGAL
No. 1475-L 26th September, 2013.
The following Act of the West Bengal Legislature, having been assented by the Governor, is hereby published for general information:-
West Bengal Act XVI of 2013
THE WEST BENGAL CORRECTIONAL SERVICES (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2013.
An Act to amend the West Bengal Correctional Services Act, 1992.
Whereas it is expedient to amend the West Bengal Correctional Services Act, 1992, for the purposes and in the manner hereinafter appearing;
It is hereby enacted in the Sixty-fourth Year of the Republic of India, by the Legislature of West Bengal, as follows:-
1. Short title and commencement:
(1) This Act may be called the West Bengal Correctional Services (Amendment) Act, 2013.
(2) It shall come into force on such date as the State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.
2. Amendment of section 24 of West Ben. Act XXXII of 1992:
For clause (vi) of sub-section (3) of section 24 of the West Bengal Correctional Services Act, 1992, the following clause shall be substituted:-
*(vi) Any person arrested or convicted on a charge of having committed or attempting to commit or aiding or abetting the commission of any offence, coming within the purview of any offence punishable under the Indian Penal Code or any other law for the time being in force, in furtherance of any political or democratic movement or public agitation, shall be classified as political prisoner:
Provided that any member or supporter or any person having any involvement with any organisation which is either proscribed or is an organisation classified or declared to be a terrorist organisation or similar organisation under any law for the time being in force, shall not be classified as political prisoner.
Explanation.-For the purpose of this clause, the expression “any political or democratic movement or public agitation” means a movement or public agitation sponsored or carried out by any political party or any group or association of persons for furtherance of any political objective securing human rights or undertaking activities for social reform but does not include any political or democratic movement or public agitation by any group based on any communal, regional, linguistic or caste considerations against any other similar group.
By order of the Governor,
Sd/- MALAY MARUT BANERJEE
Secy. to the Govt. of West Bengal