Nagpur: The Maharashtra government has decided to amend the criminal procedure code (CrPC) for speedy settlement of cases, to reduce the burden on concerned departments, remove loopholes and for effective investigation of cases.
Presently, the Judicial Magistrate can award 90-day police custody but now will be able to award 120 days police custody. This will afford the concerned department more time and an opportunity for complete investigation.
Earlier, wives demanding maintenance had to file a case in the court's jurisdiction where their husbands were residing. Now they can file cases in the courts in whose jurisdiction their in-laws reside.
Besides, earlier wives and their children had to be personally present for cross-examination and now it will not be mandatory and they can file affidavits through their lawyers. Earlier, the courts used to send the notices through the police. Now the courts will be able to directly send notices via e-mails or other means.
Earlier the police station heads had the authority to auction seized perishable property upto Rs 500. Now they will be able to auction property upto Rs 1 lakh.
Earlier, the Central and state government used to nominate special government pleaders for some significant crime. Now the District Magistrate will be able to nominate pleaders on the recommendations of the police commissioner or district superintendent (SP).
The accused used to get the chargesheet filed in court. If the chargesheet was bulky, the accused were asked to read it. Now any chargesheet filed by the CBI or CID or even by private individuals, will be available to the accused.
Earlier the accused had to be present in court and if in custody was escorted and produced in court by the police. Now if the accused is in custody, their presence would be considered through video conferencing.
Sources said the draft of this bill was approved on Thursday by the cabinet for tabling in the monsoon session of the legislature.
Earlier, the judge used to send a summon to the accused in an offence where the fine was about Rs 1000. If the accused , in person or through their lawyers pleaded guilty, they could pay the fine as per Sec 206 while offences where the fine was above Rs 1000, used to be heard, sources added.