Stalin forms a panel to suggest amendments in new criminal laws

Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin on Monday constituted a one-man commission to recommend amendments to the three new criminal laws at the state level, including a change of name, on Monday.

Retired Madras high court judge M Sathyanarayanan will submit his report to the state government within in a month, the government said in a statement.

The three laws–Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagrik Suraksha Sanhita, and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam, which replaced the Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, and the Indian Evidence Act, came into effect on July 1.

“This Committee after consulting the Bar Associations and other stakeholders at the state level will suggest the State amendments to the new acts within a month,” the Tamil Nadu government said.

The government criticized the passage of these laws, stating they were enacted “without proper discussion, without hearing the State’s views and have been named in Sanskrit against provisions of the Constitution.”

“Protests and agitations are taking place against these three acts all over the country. Without hearing the view of the Members of Parliament, who reflect the people’s views, the Union government has passed these new laws without discussion in haste during December 2023 after suspending 146 Members of Parliament.”

Stalin constituted the commission following a meeting with the state’s top officials including water resources minister Duraimurugan, advocate general P S Raman, chief secretary Shiv Das Meena, home secretary P Amudha and DGP Shankar Jiwal.