Chandigarah : A day after the passage of three criminal laws in Parliament, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday held a review meeting in Chandigarh for the implementation of these laws– the Bharatiya Nyaya (Second) Sanhita Bill, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha (Second) Sanhita Bill and the Bharatiya Sakshya (Second) Bill.
The meeting was attended by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and senior officers of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Bureau Of Police Research and Development among others concerned.
“A day after the passage of three new laws by Parliament, Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday held a review meeting in Chandigarh for the implementation of these laws,” a Home Ministry Spokesperson said in a post on X.
In another post on ‘X’, the MHA Spokesperson said, “The meeting discussed infrastructure, software, human resource training and complete computerization of courts for law enforcement in all Union Territories by December 2024.”
The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the three criminal bills — the Bharatiya Nyaya (Second) Sanhita Bill, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha (Second) Sanhita Bill and the Bharatiya Sakshya (Second) Bill replacing the colonial laws namely the IPC, the CrPC and the Evidence Act.
Giving prominence to crimes against women and children, murder and crimes against the nation; these three Bills were passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
The Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been replaced with the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, the CrPC with Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita and the Indian Evidence Act has been replaced with the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam.
Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita will have 358 sections (instead of 511 sections of IPC). A total of 20 new crimes have been added to the Bill, and imprisonment sentences have been increased for 33 crimes. The amount of fine has been increased in 83 crimes and mandatory minimum punishment has been introduced in 23 crimes.
The penalty of community service has been introduced in six crimes and 19 sections have been repealed or removed in the Bill.
Bharatiya Nagrik Suraksha Sanhita will have 531 sections (in place of 484 sections of CrPC). A total of 177 provisions have been changed in the Bill and nine new sections as well as 39 new sub-sections have been added to it.
The draft act has added 44 new provisions and clarifications. Timelines have been added to 35 sections and audio-video provision has been added at 35 places. A total of 14 sections have been repealed and removed in the Bill.
Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam will have 170 provisions (instead of the original 167 provisions, and a total of 24 provisions have been changed. Two new provisions and six sub-provisions have been added and six provisions have been repealed or deleted in the Bill.
Piloting the three Bills Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that it’s the “beginning of a new era” as “the purpose of these bills is to give justice not the punishment.”