Reforming Criminal Justice system- Law Insider

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Published on: 22 August 2023 at 11:30 IST

The Indian government is in the process of formulating new criminal laws to replace the existing Indian Penal Code (IPC), Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), and Indian Evidence Act.

The proposed bills, named Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, and Bharatiya Sakshya Bill, were presented in Lok Sabha by Amit Shah on August 11.

Sources indicate that the government aims to have these bills approved by Parliament before the close of the year.

The committee tasked with reviewing the proposed legislation is actively engaged in preparing its report, which is expected to be submitted ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament.

The Winter Session, typically held in December, will host discussions and deliberations on these bills.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar has referred the bills to the Standing Committee on Home Affairs for examination.

The committee has been instructed to deliver its report within a span of three months.

To expedite the process, the committee has scheduled frequent meetings, and there are discussions about considering daily sessions in the future.

Brij Lal, a BJP Rajya Sabha MP and former police officer who served as the Chief of Uttar Pradesh Police from 2011 to 2012 is heading the committee.

If these bills are successfully passed, they will bring about significant changes to the current criminal laws of the nation.

The new legislation aims to modernize and enhance the justice system by replacing outdated laws with more effective ones.

The government’s efforts to update the legal framework reflect its commitment to establishing a just and secure society.

The upcoming meeting of the standing committee is scheduled for August 24.

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