Parliamentary Committee to Approve Draft Reports on Bills Replacing IPC, CrPC, Evidence Act

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Published on: October 23, 2023 at 13:25 IST

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs is scheduled to convene this week for the adoption of draft reports pertaining to three bills aimed at replacing the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), and the Indian Evidence Act. Members of the committee have been informed via a notice that the draft reports concerning the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, and the Bharatiya Sakshya Bill will be considered on October 27.

This development comes after Home Minister Amit Shah requested the committee to conduct a thorough examination of the bills and present its findings within three months. In the course of its deliberations, the committee has sought input from various experts, including the Law Commission, over the course of 11 meetings.

It is worth noting that the IPC and the Evidence Act are antiquated procedural laws that have long served as foundational elements of India’s criminal justice system, in conjunction with the CrPC. The proposed replacements seek to modernize and update these statutes in accordance with contemporary legal and societal requirements.

This legislative initiative represents a significant step forward in India’s legal landscape, reflecting the government’s commitment to ensuring that the country’s legal framework remains relevant and effective in addressing the evolving needs of justice and law enforcement.

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