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Govt to act on draft National Policy on Criminal Justice

A Parliamentary Committee has asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to act upon a draft National Policy in a bid to revamp decades-old Criminal Justice System of the country.



New Delhi: A Parliamentary Committee has
asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to act upon a draft
National Policy in a bid to revamp decades-old Criminal
Justice System of the country.

The Committee, under the chairmanship of senior BJP
leader M Venkaiah Naidu, in its 146th report on the Code of
Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2010, also suggested the
government not to bring any amendments in bits and pieces.

It asked for a discussion on the draft policy on Criminal
Justice by the MHA in consultation with legal fraternity and
other stakeholders.

"The Committee would like to reiterate the observation or
recommendations made by it in its cited reports and urged upon
the government not to bring forward amendments in bits and
pieces.

"In this context the Committee is happy to note that
Professor N R Madhava Menon has submitted a report to the
government containing a draft National Policy on Criminal
Justice.

"The Committee would like the Ministry of Home Affairs to
act upon the draft policy with expedition in consultation with
the state governments, legal fraternity and other stake
holders," the Committee said in its report.

The Committee advises the ministry to circulate the draft
policy amongst the members of this Committee as well so as to
set in motion a debate on the subject inside and outside
Parliament.

"Thereby facilitating wide consultations across the board
and helping government to finalise the National Policy and
thereafter to lay it on the table of both the Houses, followed
by introduction of a composite draft legislation for revamping
of the Criminal Justice System in the country," it said.

PTI

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