Madras Bar Association raises objections to Hindi Names for Bills Replacing IPC, CrPC, and Evidence Act

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Published on: 26 August 2023 at 16:41 IST

The Madras Bar Association has taken a stand against the renaming of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Indian Evidence Act, and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in Hindi, citing objections on constitutional grounds.

In response to the introduction of bills titled “Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Bill,” “Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita Bill,” and “Bharatiya Sakshya Bill,” intended to replace the aforementioned legal codes, the Association has expressed its disapproval and urged the retention of their English names.

In a resolution passed by the Madras Bar Association, it asserts that assigning Hindi names to these bills goes against the stipulations of the Constitution.

The Association contends that the English nomenclature should be preserved, upholding its belief that the move to change the names to Hindi is constitutionally unacceptable.

Presented by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on August 11 during the concluding day of the Parliament’s Monsoon Session, these bills have since been forwarded to the Parliamentary Standing Committee for further evaluation and scrutiny.

The decision to alter the names of key legal codes in Hindi has evoked concern within the legal fraternity, prompting the Madras Bar Association’s vocal objection on grounds of constitutionality.

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