SAC approves video-conferencing as admissible method for presence of accused in trial
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: J&K has become first State in the country to have a law explicitly banning sexual exploitation of women by those in positions of authority, having a fiduciary relationship or a public servant.
The State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the ‘Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and the Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018’.
Bill seeks to amend the Ranbir Penal Code whereby specific offence under section 354 E is being inserted to provide for the offence of ‘Sextortion’. Amendments are being made in Sections 154, 161 and Schedule of Criminal Procedure Code and Section 53 A of the Evidence Act so as to bring sextortion at par with similar offences prescribed under Ranbir Penal Code and amendment is being made in Prevention of Corruption Act to amend the definition of misconduct and to provide that demand for sexual favours would also constitute misconduct within the meaning of Section 5.
In another landmark decision, the SAC approved the ‘Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2018’.
Bill seeks to introduce use of Video-Conferencing as an admissible method for presence of accused in criminal trials.
This will ensure speedy trial and remand. It also reduces the requirement of security for taking accused from jail to courts.
The SAC also approved the ‘Jammu and Kashmir Transplantation of Human Organ (Amendment) Bill, 2018’.
The Bill seeks to amend various provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Transplantation of Human Organ Act 1997, to remove the difficulties faced by the State and bring the provisions of the State Act at par with the Central Act.
Some of the salient features of the bill include establishment of human organ retrieval centre, establishment of State human organs and tissues removal and storage network, maintaining of registry of the donors and recipients of the human organs and tissues, inclusion of grandfather, grandmother, grandson, granddaughter, as near relative in the definition clause, definition of “minor” and “transplant coordinator”, authorisation of foreign national relative for transplantation, transplantation of tissue which would cover pellet injury, constitution of Authorisation Committee, Hospitals engaged in removal, storage or transplantation of any human organ and tissue bank engaged in recovery, screening, testing, processing, storage, and distribution of tissues, inspection of tissue bank periodically, constitution of Advisory Committee to advise appropriate authority, powers of appropriate authority, registration of tissue bank, punishment for removal of human organ or tissues or both without permission from the authority, enhancement of punishment for contravention / violating of any of the provisions of the instant act and punishment for illegal dealing in human tissues.
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