New Delhi: The first Federal Information Report (FIR) under the Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita code has been filed against a street vendor close to the New Delhi Railway Station, marking the beginning of a new era in criminal law in India. Section 285 of the new criminal code was used to prosecute the vendor for obstructing a public roadway.

Incident Details

When a police patrol officer saw Patna, Bihar street seller Pankaj Kumar, selling gutkha and water bottles from a makeshift stall, they filed a formal complaint. The seller had blocked the road by setting up his stand beneath a foot overbridge close to the New Delhi Railway Station. The policeman asked the vendor to move his stall several times, but the vendor refused.

Legal Framework

According to section 285 of the Bharatiya Nyay “Whoever, by doing any act, or by omitting to take order with any property in his possession or under his charge, causes danger, obstruction or injury to any person in any public way or public line of navigation, shall be punished with a fine which may extend to five thousand rupees.”

Police Action

The series of events leading up to the case’s filing is described in the copy of the FIR that NDTV was able to get. The FIR states that the on-duty sub-inspector saw the vendor obstructing traffic by selling cigarettes, bidis, and water on the roadway. The public found the blockage difficult to navigate, therefore the sub-inspector had to urge the seller to take down his stall several times.

Additionally, the sub-inspector tried to engage bystanders in the investigation, but they declined. The sub-inspector recorded the encounter on video using the e-praman programme in order to document the infringement.

Introduction of New Criminal Codes

Together with the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam, the Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita formally superseded the Indian Penal Code, Indian Evidence Act, and the Code of Criminal Procedure from the colonial era. The goal of these new codes is to provide prompt justice and update India’s legal system.

Objectives and Reactions

The modifications, according to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, were implemented to provide “speedy justice and justice to all.” The new guidelines mandate that charges be formulated within 60 days of the first hearing and that judgements be rendered within 45 days following the conclusion of a trial.

Opposition parties, such as the Congress, have criticised the decision to enact these new criminal legislation, claiming that the modifications were made in a hurry.

Broader Implications

The legal landscape of India has undergone a substantial change with the implementation of these new criminal codes. The Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita is intended to solve modern issues and expedite the legal system. The first case brought under this new rule demonstrates how committed the government is to upholding public order and enforcing the law.

Future Prospects

We’ll be keenly observing how these new criminal statutes affect the court system when they go into effect. In the upcoming months, the objective of obtaining speedier rulings and more effective court proceedings will be put to the test. The public and legal experts will be watching closely to see if these new laws accomplish their goals and how well they are implemented.

Final Thoughts

Establishing a precedent for the implementation of the new criminal codes is the Delhi street seller against whom the first FIR under the Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita was filed. As India moves from a judicial system rooted in colonial times to a more contemporary one, the goal of administering justice with promptitude and efficiency never wavers. The legal system in India is about to undergo major changes as a result of the government’s initiatives to modernise and expedite the legal system.

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