Suggestions taken from stakeholders: Law minister on three new criminal law bills

Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on Tuesday referred to the three new criminal law bills as ‘a big improvement’ and said the government had taken suggestions from various stakeholders before bringing in the draft bills.

Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal speaks on new criminal law bills (PTI/FILE PHOTO)

Srishti Ojha

New Delhi,UPDATED: Aug 15, 2023 13:58 IST

Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on Tuesday said the government had taken suggestions from various stakeholders before bringing in the draft bills. Further, addressing the Independence Day event at the Supreme Court, the law minister termed the three proposed bills ‘a big improvement’.

“Bohot bada sudhaar hai…” Meghwal said.

Later, while speaking to the media, the law minister said Union Home Minister Amit Shah presented the three bills to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Evidence Act.

According to the law minister, the consultation process was conducted while drafting the bills and suggestions were taken from different stakeholders, renowned lawyers, Members of Parliament, etc.

Meghwal also said Amit Shah was associated with the consultation process the most. The respective committee will now make further consultation and will do whatever is in the interest of the nation, he added.

On August 11, Union Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) Bill, 2023; Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS) Bill, 2023 and Bharatiya Sakshya (BS) Bill, 2023 that will replace the Indian Penal Code, 1860, Criminal Procedure Act, 1898, and Indian Evidence Act, 1872, respectively.

The minister also urged Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to refer the three bills for examination by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs.

Among other things, the three Bills propose to repeal the sedition law and introduce a new provision with a wider definition of the offence.

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Aug 15, 2023

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