Amendments to IPC, CrPC

The government has initiated the process of amendment to laws such as the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Indian Penal Code, and the Indian Evidence Act with the aim of making comprehensive changes in the criminal laws of the country.

Overview:

  • Suggestions have been asked by the Ministry of Home Affairs from the Chief Ministers, Governors, Union Territory Administrators, Lieutenant Governors, Chief Justices of the various High Courts, Chief Justice of India, Bar Council of the various States, Bar Council of India, law institutes, various universities, and all MPs regarding the comprehensive amendments that are to be made in criminal laws.
  • In its 146th report, the department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs recommended a comprehensive review of the country’s criminal justice system.
  • Previously, in its 111th and 128th reports, the Parliamentary Standing Committee emphasised the need to rationalize and reform the country’s criminal law by introducing comprehensive legislation in the Parliament instead of bringing about irregular amendments in the respective acts.

Why are the amendments being done?

The amendments are being done to make comprehensive changes in India’s criminal laws so as to provide speedy and affordable justice to the people of the nation. It will also look to create a legal structure that is people-centric.

About the constituted committee

Under the chairpersonship of Ranbir Singh, the Vice-chancellor of National Law University, Delhi a committee has been constituted to suggest criminal law reforms.

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