TN Government appoints  a committee to review  new  criminal laws

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By  our Correspondent

Chennai, July 10 (IVC)    The  Tamil  Nadu  government  has  decided to  appoint a one-man  committee under  retired Madras  High  Court Judge, K Sathyanarayanan to  examine the three new  criminal  laws and  suggest  State  amendments to  them.

                The  decision was  taken  at  a  meeting here on July  08 chaired  by the  Chief  Minister M K  Stalin. The  committee would examine, among other  issues, the “change in nomenclature”  of the new  laws at  the State  level,  and  submit  its recommendations to  the  State government, an official press release said.

                The  committee would  also hold  consultations with  various  stakeholders, including lawyers’ associations and  submit  its  recommendations to  the  government within  a  month, the  release  added.

                Minister Duraimurugan, Advocate-General , P S aman, Chief  Secretary Shiv Das Meena, Director  General of Police, Shankar  Jiwal and  senior officials were  present     at  the meeting. The  new criminal  laws, replacing the  Indian penal  Code, the  Criminal  Procedure Code  and  the Indian Evidence  Act came  into  force  since  July One.

                However, the Tamil  Nadu  Chief Minister last  month  had  written to the  Union Home Minister requesting him to keep these  laws in abeyance till  the States’  concerns were  addressed. Last  week, various associations  of  lawyers called  on the Chief Minister    to urge the Centre not  to implement the new criminal laws, flagging various concerns, the  release added.    

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