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Chidambaram suggests creation of a separate investigation cadre by states for speedy justice

New Delhi, Tue, 28 Feb 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI) Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said that the State Governments must create a separate investigation and prosecution cadre proposed for speedy justice.


Addressing the Consultative Committee meeting of the Ministry here, Chidambaram said: "Expeditious trial of cases has to be ensured by making necessary changes in procedure. States must create a separate investigation cadre. Separate prosecution cadre is also required."


Informing members that Law Commission has been requested to give a report on the amendments required immediately, Chidambaram said the department- related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs while examining the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2010 in its 146th Report has recommended that there should be comprehensive review of the criminal justice system and introduction of composite draft legislation for revamping of the criminal justice system in the country.


"Accordingly, Law Ministry has been requested to request the law commission to examine and give a comprehensive report covering all aspects of criminal law, so that comprehensive amendments could be made in the various laws viz. IPC, Cr.P.C., Evidence Act, etc. It was also suggested that the law commission might also, inter-alia, take into account the recommendations made by Malimath Committee and other Committee/Commission in this regard," he added.


Chidambaram further said the investigation has moved to technology based evidence, new forensic tools are used by other countries.


He said the committee on reforms of the criminal justice system, constituted on 24.11.2000 under the Chairmanship of Justice V. Malimath, former Chief Justice of Karnataka and Kerala High Courts, considered measures for revamping the criminal justice system and gave recommendations on various aspects of the criminal justice system including investigation, prosecution and the trial procedure in its Report submitted in March, 2003.


"Since the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure are on the concurrent list of seventh schedule to the Constitution of India and the same are administered by the State Governments, any amendment to them requires consultation with the State Governments. In view of this, the report was forwarded to the State Governments and Union Territories Administrations to obtain their views/comments," he added. (ANI)


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