The Central Government’s Home Ministry has set up a committee to rewrite the Indian Penal Code, 1860, The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872. These are the three most important laws that safeguard civil and political liberties in India.
These are its members: Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh (Chairman), Prof. (Dr.) G. S. Bajpai (Member and Convenor), Prof. (Dr.) Balraj Chauhan (Member), Shri. Mahesh Jethmalani (Member) and Shri. G. P. Thareja (Member).
The Committee was constituted on 4th May, 2020 by the Ministry of Home Affairs Notification “1-2-19 Judicial Cell (Part I)” - copy of notification not uploaded online despite repeated requests.
On 26 June 2020, the Committee put out a public notice providing an ‘online’ consultation schedule and procedure.
On 8th July, Retired Judges and Lawyers wrote to the Committee raising several concerns.
The Committee put out a public notice on the evening of 8th July 2020. On the very same day, the public notice was amended and the Committee now claimed that it was adequately representative.
On 11th July, civil society groups made a representation asking for the Committee to be disbanded.
On 9th July, women lawyers made a representation to the Committee.
On 11th July the Committee put up another public notice with procedure to be followed for “Open Consultations".
On 16th July, 16 Retired Judges and Lawyers followed up an earlier representation made by Judges and lawyers and asked for the committee to be re-constituted after the pandemic abated and asking for the committee to follow well established law reform protocol.
On 17th July the Committee put up a public notice amending its online consultation schedule.
On 4th July the Committee released its first questionnaire on the Indian Penal Code.
On 1st August, the Committee released its first questionnaire on the Code of Criminal Procedure.
On 29th August, the Committee released its first questionnaire on the Indian Evidence Act.