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TN govt finds 'error' in new criminal laws

The committee would study the new laws to propose amendments including ‘state-level name change’ for the three laws.

News Arena Network - Chennai - UPDATED: July 9, 2024, 07:36 AM - 3 mins read

TN govt finds 'error' in new criminal laws, forms panel to amend them

TN govt finds 'error' in new criminal laws

The criminal laws, that were put into force on July 1, replaced the British-era Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Evidence Act with Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam respectively.


The Tamil Nadu government led by MK Stalin has ordered the formation of a committee to review the recently implemented criminal laws and amend them in ways that will suit the state’s law and order situation.

 

The criminal laws, that were put into force on July 1, replaced the British-era Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Evidence Act with Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam respectively.

 

Police across the country have also made a number of arrests under the new criminal codes since it was put into effect.

 

However, advocates within the justice system and the Opposition have been apprehensive about the new laws.

 

What’s TN government’s arguments? 

 

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has chaired a high-level meeting with the Secretariat where he directed officials to set up a one-man panel to be led by retired judge of the Madras High Court, Justice M Sathyanarayanan.

 

The panel would study the new laws to propose amendments including ‘state-level name change’ for the three laws.

 

“This committee will clearly examine the new laws, hold consultations with stakeholders including advocates at the state level and submit a report (on state-level amendments) within one month to the state government,” an official release here said.

 

The government said the names for the new laws (the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023, Bharatiya Nagrik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023 and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam, 2023) are in Sanskrit which goes against the Constitution. Also, no proper debate was held in the Parliament and the opinions of state governments were not taken. The laws were adopted and enforced in haste leading to nationwide opposition and protests.

 

Stalin had earlier written a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, highlighting “issues” in the new laws and urging the Centre to defer enforcing the three laws.

 

It has been learnt that the TN government is of the view that there are errors in the some sections of the laws.

 

Indian lawyers protest against new laws

 

Meanwhile, lawyers across India on July 8 held protests against the new criminal laws, noting that they might overburden the judicial system.

 

Indian lawyers fear old cases could continue to drag on as the ruling deadlines apply only to new cases after July 1. And there is confusion about which laws — old or new — will apply to cases registered after July 1 for a crime committed before that date.

 

Two lawyer associations with more than 13,000 members in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu have announced plans to boycott court work in protest against the laws.

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