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Lok Sabha Passes Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022, Allows Collection of Prisoners Biometrics

Lawstreet Journal 6 Apr 2022 1:23am

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The Lok Sabha on Monday (4 April 2022) passed the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022, by voice note. The Bill enables investigating officers to collect the biometric details of the prisoners. The Identification of Prisoners Act, 1920 is replaced in the Bill.  

The Act authorises the collection of certain identifiable information about specified persons such as convicts for investigation of crime.  The Act increases the scope of such details, and persons whose details can be taken.  It authorises the National Crime Records Bureau to collect, store as well as preserve these details.

1)Details about the convicts and other persons: The Act allows the collection of photographs and specified details about convicts and other persons including finger impressions and footprint impressions.  The Bill extends the list of details that can be collected.   It will now include: 

a) palm-print impressions, 

b) iris and retina scans,

c) behavioural attributes such as signature and handwriting, and 

d) other physical and biological samples such as blood, semen, hair samples, and 

    swabs and their analysis.

2)Persons whose details may be taken: According to the Act, the following persons may have to give photographs and specified details: 

a) persons convicted of certain offences (such as offences punishable with a minimum of one year of rigorous imprisonment), 

b) persons ordered to give security for good behaviour or maintaining peace under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, and 

c) persons arrested in connection with an offence punishable with at least one year of rigorous imprisonment.  The Bill widens the ambit… Continue Reading...

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