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New law to improve criminal justice system

Posted by egovindia on June 25, 2006

New law to improve criminal justice system
New Delhi | June 24, 2006 1:15:14 AM IST

A new law came into effect Friday that promises to provide relief to under-trials languishing in jails and overhaul the criminal justice system in the country.

Under the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, passed by parliament in 2005, an under-trial would be released on personal surety if the prisoner has been under detention for half of the period provided for the offence.


"It is a step forward in reforming the criminal justice system and will help tone up the investigating machinery," said Home Minister Shivraj Patil told reporters.


This act would bring respite to a lot of people who were languishing in jails for a long time, Patil said.


"There were a lot of recommendations from the different law commissions and some of them were incorporated in the act," Patil said.


According to the new act, a woman would not be arrested after sunset and before sunrise.


Patil added that the act also has a provision that in case of death or disappearance of a person from the police custody, a separate investigation would be carried out by a magistrate.


"If a woman is raped in police custody, an independent probe apart from the police investigation would be carried out by a magistrate," said the home minister.


Patil also announced that the home ministry was also mulling over two bills with provisions for plea-bargaining and compensation for the aggrieved.



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