'Bulldozer justice': Opposition targets Centre over implementation of new criminal laws | India News - Times of India (2024)

NEW DELHI: The opposition and the Bharatiya Janata Party engaged in war of words after the three new

criminal laws

came into effect on Monday. While, the opposition accused the government of passing these laws from the parliament forcibly by suspending MPs, the ruling party countered these allegations by citing Justice Chandrachud where he described the new criminal justice system as a 'watershed moment for our society.'

INDIA will no longer allow this 'Bulldozer justice': Kharge

In a strongly worded post on social media platform, X, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said, "After the political and moral shock in the elections, Modi ji and the BJP are pretending to respect the Constitution, but the truth is that the three laws of the criminal justice system that are being implemented from today were forcibly passed by suspending 146 MPs."
"INDIA will no longer allow this “Bulldozer Justice” to run on the Parliamentary system," he added.


'90-99 per cent of the so-called new laws are a cut, copy and paste job': Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambram tore into the government and alleged that the major portion of the new laws are a 'cut, copy and paste job' which could have been completed with a few amendments.
Taking to X, the Chidambram said, "The three criminal laws to replace the IPC, CrPC and Indian Evidence Act come into force today. 90-99 per cent of the so-called new laws are a cut, copy and paste job. A task that could have been completed with a few amendments to the existing three laws has been turned into a wasteful exercise."

The Congress leader also accused that some changes in the criminal justice system are 'prima facie unconstitutional'.
"Yes, there are a few improvements in the new laws and we have welcomed them. They could have been introduced as Amendments," he said.

"On the other hand, there are several retrograde provisions. Some changes are prima facie unconstitutional. MPs who were members of the Standing Committee have poured over the provisions and written detailed dissent notes to the three Bills. The government did not rebut or answer any of the criticisms in the dissent notes. There was no worthwhile debate in Parliament," he added.
Further, he also accused the government of ignoring the grave deficiencies in the three laws despite it being pointed out by law scholars, bar associations, judges and lawyers.
"Law scholars, Bar Associations, judges and lawyers have in numerous articles and seminars pointed out the grave deficiencies in the three new laws. No one in government has cared to answer the questions. It is another case of bulldozing three existing laws and replacing them with three new Bills without adequate discussion and debate," he said.
"It is another case of bulldozing three existing laws and replacing them with three new Bills without adequate discussion and debate. The initial impact will be to throw the administration of criminal justice into disarray," he further claimed.

Regressive new criminal laws of the National Disaster Alliance government: TMC

Aditionally, TMC MP Sagarika Ghose also targeted the government and claimed the new laws of being highly regressive.
"Reposting on the day that the highly regressive new criminal laws of the National Disaster Alliance government come into effect. The new laws and the old IPC will continue at the same time because crimes can't be judged retrospectively. Result= complete mess in judicial system," She said on X.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Amit Malviya countered opposition's attacks and said, "Justice Chandrachud, speaking (on 20th April 2024) at a conference on “India’s Progressive Path in the Administration of Criminal Justice System”, described the new criminal justice system as a “watershed moment for our society". He also added that these laws have transitioned India's legal framework on criminal justice into a new age."
"The status quiost Congress should realise that the newly enacted

Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita

,

Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita

and Bharatiya Saksha Adhiniyam – which seek to replace the colonial era Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and the Indian Evidence Act, will come into effect, starting 1st July 2024," he added.
The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), the Bharatiya Nagrik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS), and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam (BSA), passed in Parliament last December, will replace the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860, the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), 1973, and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 respectively.
Several new provisions have been incorporated in the three new criminal laws to suit contemporary times and technologies in vogue.
The three new laws received Parliament's nod on December 21, 2023. President Droupadi Murmu gave her assent on December 25, 2023, and was published in the official gazette on the same day.
As per the notification, the three laws will focus on justice rather than punishment and are aimed at providing speedy justice, all the way, strengthening the judicial and court management system emphasising 'access to justice by all'.

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