Shillong, Sept 7: Cabinet has approved the extension of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Code of Civil Procedure (CPC) to all courts in Meghalaya.
Briefing reporters after the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told reporters that after detailed consultation with all the district councils and after clarifying their concerns, the government cleared the notification.
He said the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 will apply to the courts in Meghalaya.
“The District Council Courts shall continue to derive powers under paragraph 4 and 5 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India”, the Meghalaya Governor directed.
The decision is in pursuance to full separation of judiciary from the executive and in exercise of the power conferred in proviso to sub-section (2) of Section 1 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973, (Act 2 of 1974).
The governor further said that not withstanding such application, all actions taken by the District Courts throughout Meghalaya, under the Rules for the Administration of Justice & Police in the Khasi & Jaintia Hills, 1937 and the Rules of Administration of Justice & Police in Garo Hills, 1937 shall deemed to have been taken under the relevant provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
Similarly, for the Code of Civil Procedure 1908 only the similar part has been changed whereas the rest of the notification remains the same.