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The Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS), 2023 (46 of 2023)

The Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS), 2023 (46 of 2023)

ISBN : 9999999999B16

BINDING : Paperback

COPYRIGHT YEAR : 2024

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The experience of seven decades of Indian democracy calls for comprehensive review of our criminal laws, including the Code of Criminal Procedure and adopt them in accordance with the contemporary needs and aspirations of the people.

The delay in delivery of justice due to complex legal procedures, large pendency of cases in the Courts, low conviction rates, low level of uses of technology in legal system, delays in investigation system, complex procedures, inadequate use of forensics are the biggest hurdles in speedy delivery of justice, which impacts poor man adversely. In order to address these issues citizen centric criminal procedures are need of hour.

In view of the above, it is proposed to repeal the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and enact a new law, namely, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023.

It provides for the use of technology and forensic sciences in the investigation of crime and furnishing and lodging of information, service of summons, etc., through electronic communication. Specific timelines have been prescribed for time bound investigation, trial and pronouncement of judgements. Citizen centric approach have been adopted for supply of copy of first information report to the victim and to inform them about the progress of investigation, including by digital means. In cases where the punishment is seven years or more, the victim shall be given an opportunity of being heard before withdrawal of the case by the Government. Summary trial has been made mandatory for petty and less serious cases. The accused persons may be examined through electronic means, like video conferencing. The magisterial system has also been streamlined.

Contains:
  • Comparison of relevant provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974) with the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS), 2023 (46 of 2023)
  • Comparison of relevant provisions of the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023 (46 of 2023) with the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974)
  • Selected sections of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974) at relevant places
  • Spirit of New Criminal Acts with Major Changes in the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023 (46 of 2023)


New Criminal Law Bare Acts:

The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023 is available here.

The Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam, 2023 is available here.

Learn about this new law in our blog: New Criminal Laws in India

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