Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Bill allows using draconian police powers for political ends: Sibal

New Delhi : 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”.

He also claimed the government’s agenda behind bringing such laws is to “silence opponents”.

In an overhaul of criminal laws, the Centre on Friday introduced in Lok Sabha three bills to replace the IPC, Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and Indian Evidence Act, proposing, among other things, repeal of the sedition law and introducing a new provision with a wider definition of the offence.

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