State Legislature Empowered to Make Amendments to Criminal Law: Chidambaram

State Legislature Empowered to Make Amendments to Criminal Law: Chidambaram

New Delhi: Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday welcomed the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to appoint a committee to suggest state-specific amendments to the three new penal codes. He said criminal law is a subject that comes under the same list, which gives the state legislature the power to bring about amendments.

He also stressed the need to adopt criminal laws that are in line with modern principles of criminal justice.

“I welcome the decision of the Tamil Nadu government to appoint a committee to suggest constitutional amendments to the three penal codes that came into force on July 1, 2024,” the former home minister said in a post on X.

Criminal law is a subject in the concurrent list of the Constitution and the state legislature has the power to make amendments, Chidambaram said.

“I also welcome the appointment of Justice (retd) Mr. K. Sathyanarayanan as the one-man committee. I request the committee to consult with all stakeholders including judges, lawyers, police, law professors, scholars and human rights activists,” he said.

The first step towards bringing in Tamil Nadu-specific amendments to the new penal laws was taken by Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday, who ordered the constitution of a one-man committee headed by the retired Supreme Court judge to study the three laws and make recommendations to the state government on bringing about amendments.

After chairing a high-level meeting at the Secretariat to deliberate on changes in the Central laws, Stalin directed the authorities to set up a one-man commission, to be headed by retired Madras High Court judge, Justice M Sathyanarayanan.

The panel would study the new laws and propose amendments, including a “state-level name change” for the three laws.

“This committee will thoroughly examine the new laws, consult with stakeholders including state-level advocates and submit a report (on state-level changes) to the state government within a month,” an official release said.

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