Standing Committee Report on Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita Bill, 2023

On 10th November, 2023, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home released its report on the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS) Bill, 2023, which is the proposed replacement law for the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), 1973.

Key Observations & Recommendations

Power to Investigate Cognisable Cases

  • Under the BNSS, any officer in charge of a police station may investigate any cognisable case within its jurisdiction without a Magistrate’s order.
  • However, for grave offences, the Superintendent of Police (SP) or Deputy Superintendent of Police may be required to investigate the offence.
  • Recommendations: Recognising that the SP is in charge of ....
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