First case filed against Delhi street vendor under new Penal Code

First case registered against Delhi street vendor under new penal code

New Delhi:

As the new penal code, Bharatiya Naya Sanhita, came into effect today, the first FIR was registered against a street vendor for obstructing the road near the New Delhi railway station. The FIR has been registered under Section 285 of the new Penal Code which provides that “any person, who does any thing, or takes any order with any property in his possession or on his charge by leaving, endangers, obstructs or injures any public way or public line of navigation, shall be punished with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees.”

The FIR was registered when a policeman on patrolling duty spotted a man selling bottles of water and gutka on the road last night. His makeshift stall blocked the road and he was repeatedly asked to remove it. When they refused, the police went to file an FIR.

A copy of the FIR, which is with NDTV, said the street vendor had set up his stall under a foot overbridge near the New Delhi railway station late last night. “The man was selling water, irons and cigarettes on the road and the obstruction was causing trouble to the public. The sub-inspector asked the man several times to remove the stall from the road, but he did not comply.” The sub-inspector asked several passers-by to join the investigation, but they refused, then the sub-inspector shot a video using the e-Parman application.

The man has been identified as Pankaj Kumar from Patna, Bihar.

Three new criminal codes — Bharatiya Naya Sanhita, Bharatiya Civil Protection Sanhita and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhanim — came into effect today. They will replace the colonial-era Indian Penal Code, the Indian Evidence Act and the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The Criminal Code has been amended to ensure speedy justice and to deal with new types of crimes. Decisions are now required within 45 days of the conclusion of the trial and charges must be filed within 60 days of the first hearing.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said the change has been made to ensure “speedy justice and justice to all”. Opposition parties including the Congress say that the decision to implement the new criminal laws has been taken in haste.

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