Former Supreme Court judge Madan B. Lokur spoke to Preetha Nair about his apprehensions about the five-member committee constituted to review criminal laws. Excerpts…
You have signed a joint petition questioning the transparency of the committee. What are your concerns?
The terms of reference of the committee are unclear. If the idea is to suggest amendments to the CrPC, the IPC and the Evidence Act, then the task could have been given over to the law commission. If the idea is to overhaul the criminal justice system, the time limit of six months is ridiculous. The composition of the committee leaves a lot to be desired. It lacks diversity in many, many respects.
The committee chairperson’s view is that reforms are overdue as these laws are colonial ones.
Reforms are certainly overdue, but reform for the sake of having them is hardly an answer.