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Committee for reform in criminal law headed by Ranbir Singh to start online consultation from July 4, 2020: MHA

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Committee for reform in criminal law to start online consultationFrom July 4, 2020, Central Committee for reforms in Criminal Law, headed by Ranbir Singh was constituted by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) & is going to start a 3 months long online consultation exercise. The objective of this exercise is to gather opinions by consulting with experts and collating material for their report to the government.

  • In this regard, the committee has invited experts in the field of criminal law to participate in the exercise through an online consultation mechanism. 
  • Questionnaires have been posted online on the possible reforms in the Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure and Indian Evidence Act.

Committee Formation:

Ranbir Singh (Chairperson)- Vice-Chancellor, National Law University (NLU), Delhi

-G.S. Bajpai (Member and convenor)- Registrar, NLU Delhi

-Balraj Chauhan (Member) – Vice-Chancellor, Dharmashastra NLU Jabalpur

-Mahesh Jethmalani (Member)- Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India

-G.P. Thareja (Member)- Former District and Sessions Judge, Delhi.

About Committee:

The Committee seeks to recommend reforms in the criminal laws of the country in a principled, effective, and efficient manner that ensures the safety and security of the individual, community and the nation. It also seeks to help the government for bringing a better system and suggest suitable amendments. The Committee will be assisted by a set of researchers and consultants.

About Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA):
Home Minister– Amit Anilchandra Shah (Constituency- Gandhinagar, Gujarat)
Minister of State (MoS)– Nityanand Rai,G.Kishan Reddy