NEW DELHI : The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is considering changes to the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to curb incidents of lynching, home minister Amit Shah told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Responding to a question by Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Nasir Hussain, Shah said a committee has been set up under the aegis of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BNRnD) in this respect.

“For changes in under IPC and CrPC, I have myself written to all chief minsters, L-Gs (lieutenant-governors) and governors where there is President’s rule. I have requested them to hold meetings in their states with experts on investigations and public prosecutors, and send their suggestions," the home minister said.

“After the suggestions come, we will undertake the work of bringing changes to the IPC and CrPC. At that time, we will also consider all decisions of the Supreme Court," he added.

During the monsoon session of Parliament in 2018, the then home minister Rajnath Singh, while responding to criticism from the Opposition in the Lower House, had said that the government will enact a law against lynching, if necessary.

In a written reply to a question by Trinamool Congress member of Parliament (MP) Derek O’ Brien, on whether the Union government was considering to introduce a legislation in this respect, the government said: “A group of ministers was constituted by the government to deliberate on the matter and make recommendations. The group of ministers has since met and the government is seized of the matter."

In reply to a related question, the Centre said apart from taking steps for general awareness, it is also sensitizing the internet service providers to take steps to check the propagation of false news and rumours, which may have the potential to incite mob violence and lynching.

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