Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999- Special Legislation to Combat Organised Crime

Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999- Special Legislation to Combat Organised Crime

Shwetank Singh
Symbiosis Law School, Pune

In order to deal with the threat and menace of Organised Crime, the Bombay legislature enacted the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act in the year 1999. The aim of this Act was to make sure that criminals who were operating through the loopholes of the general penal code and criminal provisions could be apprehended by addressing such loopholes. It gives special powers to police to investigate and makes it difficult for the Courts to grant bail to the accused if the crime comes under the purview of this Act. The aim of this article is to provide clarity to the various concept and definitions so as to understand which crime comes under the purview of this Act. Further it analyses the new powers which have been granted to the Police for investigation and checks and balances adopted to prevent the misuse of such Act. Finally, through various judgments it has been analysed the scope and ingredients under which the Court may apply the provisions of this Act and the cases where bail may be granted by such Courts.

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