The Modi government is likely to push the new set of criminal laws in the next session of parliament in Nov/Dec. The country is likely to get new criminal laws, through the three bills that will replace the IPC, CrPC, and the Evidence Act, by the end of this year as the committee tasked with examining it is trying to submit its report before the start of the Winter Session of the Parliament, which usually starts and ends in December, sources said. The Modi government will try to get the bills passed in the parliament after discussion in the Winter Session itself, according to sources.
In the upper house of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday referred the three proposed laws that will replace the IPC, CrPC and the Evidence Act to the Standing Committee on Home Affairs for examination and asked it to submit its report within three months.
Rajya Sabha BJP MP and former police officer Brij Lal is heading the committee. A meeting of the standing committee has been called on August 24 to discuss the bills. Sources say the meetings will be frequent, in order to expedite the process. Daily meetings might also be considered at a later stage, they said.
The bills namely the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita and the Bharatiya Sakshya Bill were introduced in the Lok Sabha by Home Minister Amit Shah on August 11. The reforms are touted to be the major achievement for the Modi government to simplify the criminal law procedure in the country.
After the bills are passed, they will replace the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), and the Indian Evidence Act respectively. This could be the last major reform in the NDA II Modi government since the country will go into elections early next year.