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New Criminal Laws to be Implemented from July 1, 2024

Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal has confirmed that the Central Government will proceed with the implementation of new criminal laws starting July 1, 2024.

These new laws will replace the Indian Penal Code (1860), the Indian Evidence Act (1872), and the Code of Criminal Procedure (1973).

“From July 1, the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, and Bharatiya Sakshya Act will come into effect, replacing the Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, and Evidence Act,” Meghwal stated. He emphasized that these new laws introduce many innovative ideas suited to the current situation.

Legislative Background

The new laws were passed by Parliament in December 2023 and received Presidential assent the same month. However, their implementation was delayed until the Centre issued a notification on February 25, setting July 1 as the effective date.

Concerns and Requests

Recently, Senior Advocate Indira Jaising wrote to the Law Minister requesting a delay in the implementation of these laws. Several lawyers and academics have also expressed concerns regarding the new legislation. Despite these requests, the government remains firm on the July 1 implementation date.

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