New Delhi: The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill that seeks to authorise police to take measurements of convicts and other persons for purposes of identification and investigation of criminal matters was introduced Monday in the Lok Sabha after a vote forced by the Opposition.
The Bill was introduced by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’, after division of votes with 120 members voting in favour of the introduction of the draft legislation while 58 members voted against it.
Opposition members contended that the Bill was beyond the legislative competence of Parliament as it violated fundamental rights of citizens. Congress member Manish Tewari contended that the bill implied use of force in collection of biological information, which could also lead to narco analysis.
RSP member N K Premachandran, Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy, Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and BSP member Ritesh Pandey also opposed the introduction of the Bill.
Minister Mishra dismissed the apprehensions voiced by the members. He said the Bill sought to replace a 102-year-old law that only allowed collection of finger prints and footprints of convicts. He said there have been massive changes in science and technology over the years and the same is required to be incorporated in the investigation of crimes.
Mishra said consultations on the Bill were held with state governments and Union Territories and everybody had supported the measure. He pointed out the Law Commission too had suggested changes to the law in 1980, but the recommendations were not acted upon for 42 years.