Amit Shah in his letter said that the Central Government intends to create a people-centric legal structure by introducing some comprehensive changes in the framework of criminal laws.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeks suggestions from Member of Parliament (MPs) regarding amendments in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Indian Evidence Act.
Amit Shah wrote letter to all MPs citing that the contribution of various stakeholders will help in making comprehensive amendments.
“The experience of seven decades of Indian democracy calls for comprehensive review of Indian criminal laws, especially the Indian Penal Code (IPC) 1860, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) 1973 and the Indian Evidence Act 1872 and adapt them in accordance with the contemporary needs and aspirations of our people.”
He also added that the centre aims to create a legal structure which is “people-centric”. Shah also requested suggestions from Chief Justice of India, Chief Justice of High Courts, Chief Minister of States, Administration of Union Territories, Bar Councils and Law Universities.
“The endeavour of bringing about a paradigm shift in the criminal justice system by the Government of India will actually be an enormous exercise of public participation, which can only be successful with the participation of all stakeholders.”
The letter of Home Minister Amit Shah stated that the Indian government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’ and it looks forward to ensure speedy justice to all citizens of India, especially those belonging to the weaker and backward sections of the society.
Speaking over the role of the MPs in making the legal structure people-centric, Shah in his letter said, Parliament is on e of the three pillars of democracy and the Members of Parliament hold a significant role in law making processes due to which, there suggestions will be invaluable in this exercise.
The Home Minister has requested the suggestions of the above mentioned dignitaries at the earliest.