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Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Bill allows use of ‘draconian police powers for political ends’: Kapil Sibal

PTI | | Posted by Sreelakshmi B
Aug 12, 2023 02:39 PM IST

He also claimed the government's agenda behind bringing such laws is to "silence opponents".

Former law minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday alleged the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Bill, which seeks to replace the colonial-era Indian Penal Code (IPC), allows the use of "draconian police powers for political ends".

Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal(PTI)
Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal(PTI)

He also claimed the government's agenda behind bringing such laws is to "silence opponents".

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In a tweet, Rajya Sabha MP 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," he said.

The BNS Bill provides for several changes in the existing provisions including that of defamation and attempt to commit suicide and expands the scope of offences against women pertaining to sexual intercourse by employing "deceitful means".

Shah has said the changes have been made to provide speedy justice.

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