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Criminal law reform Bills get President Droupadi Murmu’s assent, become laws

On Monday, December 25, President Droupadi Murmu granted assent to the three criminal law reform bills, which replace the Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, and Indian Evidence Act.

Last week, amid the mass suspension of Opposition MPs and the absence of more than two-thirds of the Opposition, both Houses of Parliament approved the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam.

The new Bills were flagged by civil rights activists and Opposition for its alleged privacy concerns.

On Sunday, 24 December, the President also gave assent to the Telecommunications Bill, and it has been enacted into law. It was also called as “draconian” by Opposition.

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