Comprehensive law on CrPC in a year, says Chidambaram
New Delhi: A comprehensive law on Code of
Criminal Procedure will be brought within a year as the Code
had become "very old", Home Minister P Chidambaram said in the
Rajya Sabha today.
"I agree that there should not be a piecemeal approach. I
have written to the Law Minister to have a comprehensive
legislation on this. The report of the Law Commission (on the
Code) should come in a year," he said.
Chidambaram was replying to a debate on the Code of
Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2010 which was passed
by the House by voice vote. The Lok Sabha has already approved
The Home Minister said said the present legislation came
in 1973 and has become "very old".
The bill is aimed at making it compulsory for the police
to record the reasons for making as well as not making an
arrest in respect of a cognizable offence for which the
maximum punishment is up to seven years.
Prior to the amendment to Section 41 of the CrPC Act, the
law said a police officer "may" record reasons of arrest or
non-arrest of a person.
According to the amended bill, if a person is not arrested
in a non-cognizable offence, police will have to issue notice
to him to join investigations.
The amendment, making it mandatory to issue notice for
joining the investigation, is to ensure that the person does
not delay the probe by not cooperating.
Chidambaram said the Code of Criminal Procedure has
already been amended but was not notified as some Bar councils
had made a representation in this regard.
The Home Minister said he met representatives of Bar
Councils and wrote to the Chairman of the Law Commission in
"It is not an expansion of discretion (of police
officials) but a restriction on discretion," he said.
He also said a person arrested can go to court and say
that the reason of arrest is absurd and get bail.
Chidambaram said if a person fails to comply with the
notice (of the investigating agency) or is unwilling to
identify himself and give his name and address, he will be
arrested on the spot.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- UP: Jammu-bound Muri Express derails in Kaushambi
- Five unmanned parachute-like objects spotted over Mumbai airport
- CBSE Board Class 12th Exam Results 2015 declared
- Delhi's 2015 CBSE Class 12 topper M Gayatri talks to Zee Media
- Jaipur girl Mini Rajpal wins Miss India Deaf 2015!
- Dawood's intercepted phone calls prove yet again he is in Pakistan
- Mumbai architecture creates double decker bus from scrap!
- No respite from heat for next three days: IMD
- Watch: Mumbai cops find new secret agents in housewives!
- One year of Modi govt: PM addresses mega rally in Mathura
- DNA: Sikh man in New Zealand removed his turban to help injured kid
- One year of Modi govt: PM promises to fulfil aspirations
- Police registers case after parachute-like objects were spotted over Mumbai airport
- Growing medical negligence in Delhi's AIIMS
- Hundreds die as heat wave continues in India
- Heatwave claims over 550 lives so far, Delhi saw hottest day
- Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in Class 12th XII Results 2015: CBSE Board Class 12th XII Exam Results 2015 declared
- LIVE - Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in Class 12th XII Results 2015: CBSE Board Class 12th XII Exam Results 2015 to be announced shortly
- Check cbseresults.nic.in for CBSE Class 12 result 2015
- Check WBBSE (wbresults.nic.in) Class 12th Results: West Bengal Board (wbscvet.org) Higher Secondary Class XII Vocational Results to be declared today at 4 PM
- Two dead, over 100 injured as Muri Express derails in UP; Prabhu announces Rs 2 lakhs ex-gratia for kin of dead
- PM Narendra Modi's Mathura rally: As it happened
- CBSE Class 12 results out: Here's how you can check
- Public rally on 100 days of AAP govt: As it happened
- Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party changes its logo
- One year of NDA govt: PM Modi writes open letter to nation, promises to transform India
- Unidentified flying objects spotted over Mumbai airport not motorised: Home Department
- World optimistic about India: PM Narendra Modi on 1 year of NDA govt
- Militants kill five, target telecoms in Kashmir attacks
- Bharatiya Janata Party lacks majority for Ram Temple, Article 370: Amit Shah