Centre introduces new drafts of Criminal law bills

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The Home Minister today stated that instead of bringing several official amendments to incorporate recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs, the government decided to introduce fresh bills incorporating changes.

Today, the Centre has introduced a fresh set of draft legislations to replace the existing criminal laws after incorporating recommendations of a parliamentary panel set up in the Lok Sabha.

Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday withdrew the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023 and Bharatiya Sakshya Bill, 2023.

Shah then introduced 'The Bharatiya Nyaya (Second) Sanhita, 2023', 'The Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha (Second) Sanhita, 2023' and 'The Bharatiya Sakshya (Second) Bill, 2023', which are to replace the Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Evidence Act respectively.

In August, the Union Government had proposed three new bills in the Lok Sabha, replacing the Indian Penal Code, 1860, Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872.

As per the address of Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah, while introducing the aforesaid bills, he had said that the same were to be sent to a Parliamentary Standing Committee for further deliberation.

“Under Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023, 160 sections have been amended, 9 new sections have been introduced and 9 sections have been deleted. Under Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023, 175 sections have been amended, 8 new sections have been introduced and 22 sections have been deleted. Under Bharatiya Sakshya Bill, 2023, 23 sections have been amended, 1 new section has been added and 5 sections have been deleted”, the address of the Home Minister had further added.