Senior Advocate and former law minister Kapil Sibal said that the bills introduced by the Union government which propose repeal and replacement of the IPC, CrPC and the Indian Evidence Act , allows for “using draconian police powers for political ends.”
Taking to his ‘X’ account, Rajya Sabha MP Sibal also claimed the government’s agenda behind bringing such laws is to “silence opponents.”
Sibal said, “Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (2023) (BNS) allows for using draconian police powers for political ends.” “BNS: Allows for police custody from 15 up to 60 or 90 days. New offences for prosecuting persons who threaten the security of state (redefined). Agenda: To silence opponents.”
In an overhaul of criminal laws, Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday introduced in Lok Sabha three bills to replace the IPC, Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), and the Indian Evidence Act, proposing, among other things, repeal of the sedition law and introducing a new provision with a wider definition of the offence.
Shah introduced the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) Bill, 2023; Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS) Bill, 2023 to replace the CrPC; and Bharatiya Sakshya (BS) Bill, 2023 that will replace the Indian Evidence Act.