Aiming to make comprehensive changes in criminal laws, the government has initiated the process of amendment to laws such as Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Evidence Act in consultation with all stakeholders, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra also said that the Ministry of Home Affairs has sought suggestions from governors, chief ministers, lieutenant governors and administrators of union territories, Chief Justice of India, chief justices of various high courts, Bar Council of India , Bar Council of various states, various universities, law institutes and all MPs regarding comprehensive amendments in criminal laws.
Mishra said the department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs in its 146th report had recommended that there is a need for a comprehensive review of the country’s criminal justice system.
Earlier the Parliamentary Standing Committee in its 111th and 128th reports had also stressed upon the need to reform and rationalize the criminal law of the country by introducing a comprehensive legislation in Parliament rather than bringing about piecemeal amendments in respective acts. ” With a view to making comprehensive changes in the criminal laws of the country to provide affordable and speedy justice to all, create a people centric legal structure, the government has initiated the process for comprehensive amendments to criminal laws such as Indian Penal Code, 1860, the code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 in consultation with all stakeholders, ” Mishra said in a written reply to a question.
The minister said a committee had been constituted under the chairpersonship of the vice chancellor of National Law University, Delhi to suggest reforms in the criminal laws.
” The government is committed to bringing out a comprehensive legislation taking into account the recommendations of the committee and the suggestions received from all the stakeholders, ” he said.