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Inexcusable insult to Parliament's wisdom: VP Jagdeep Dhankhar hits back at P Chidambaram's 'part-timers' jab on new criminal laws
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Inexcusable insult to Parliament's wisdom: VP Jagdeep Dhankhar hits back at P Chidambaram's 'part-timers' jab on new criminal laws

| @indiablooms | 06 Jul 2024, 05:23 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Vice President of India, Jagdeep Dhankhar, has taken strong objection to Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram's jab where he said the three new criminal laws were drafted by "part-timers" and called the remark an "inexcusable insult to the wisdom of Parliament".

Dhankhar, who claimed to be "shocked beyond words", said, "Are we part-timers in Parliament? Inexcusable insult to the wisdom of Parliament..."

"I am shocked beyond words. Please beware of the minds who deliberately as a strategy, by way of narrative, try to run down our nation, demean our institutions, taint our progress...they engage in criticism for the sake of criticism. I do not have words strong enough to condemn such kinds of narratives being set afloat.

"An MP is being labelled part-timer...I appeal to him from this platform, please withdraw this derogatory, defamatory and highly insulting observation to MPs. I hope he does it," he added.

Dhankhar made the remark at the 12th convocation of the Indian Institute of Space and Technology (IIST) in Kerala's capital city, Thiruvananthapuram.

Regarding the three laws, Dhankhar said Parliament "did a great thing" by "unshackling us from the colonial legacy" by implementing them.

In an interview with The Indian Express, Chidambaram had said the three new laws, which came into force on July 1, were drafted by "non-professional people" who were the "part-time members of the committee".

In a move which will completely overhaul the criminal justice system in the country; three newly enacted laws – the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam – came into effect from Monday.

According to a notification by the Ministry of Home Affairs earlier, the three laws will replace the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860; the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), 1973; and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872.

The three new criminal laws have incorporated several new provisions to suit contemporary times and technologies in vogue.

The three laws will focus on justice rather than punishment and are aimed at providing speedy justice, all the way, strengthening the judicial and court management system emphasising on ‘access to justice by all’.

The three new laws received Indian Parliament's nod on December 21, 2023 and President Droupadi Murmu gave her assent on December 25, 2023.

The new laws are coming into effect just weeks after PM Modi returned to power for the third straight term.

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