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‘Panel for criminal law reforms lacks diversity’

Supreme Court and High Court judges, senior lawyers and academicians said a committee constituted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to introduce reforms in criminal law lacks diversity and it needs to ensure transparency.

A letter from them to the Committee chairperson and National Law University-Delhi’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Ranbir Singh, said the line-up of its members “lacks diversity, both in terms of the social identity of the members, as well as their professional background and experience”. The signatories include former apex court judges like Aftab Alam, Madan B. Lokur and Gopala Gowda, senior advocates Dinesh Mathur, Indira Jaising, Navroz Seervai, C.U. Singh, Rebecca John, Dayan Krishnan, Sanjay R. Hegde and Sanjay Parikh.

“Create sub-committees with outside experts and other consultants with established track records in the field of criminal justice who can redress the lack of diversity and experience,” they advised. The committee has invited expert opinions and has begun an online consultation exercise from July 4.

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