Criminal Law Cell 2017 – 18

Faculty-in-charge: Dr. Nitish Nawsagaray and Ms. Isha Saxena

The Criminal Law Cell endeavors to enhance the knowledge and skills of the students in the criminal justice system.
The main aim of the cell is to analyze the procedural and substantive law including the amendments. For this purpose Presentations, Discussions, Debates, Seminars pertaining to the topics and cases of major and minor acts of criminal law are organized by the cell.

52 students are members of this cell. Oorjaswi Goswami (V B.A L.L.B) and Lavanyaa chopra (V B.A L.L.B) are the Student Coordinators of the cell.

The year commenced with the first session on “the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act” on 25th July 2017. The inaugural session of Criminal Law Cell was held on 1st August 2017 in which the agenda and activities planned for the year were discussed. It was followed by other sessions on Anti-Hijacking Laws, law on Cruelty, Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) followed by a debate on AFSPA, Section 161 CrPc: Scope of statements, Rape as Compoundable Offence and the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and also a quiz was conducted on the recent judgments on criminal law in collaboration with ILS Quiz Club on 23rd February 2018. The students of the Cell are working on the research topics with respect to the juvenile justice system in order to frame rules for the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 based on the model rules of 2016.

The Students also engaged in the discussions and analysis of certain cases and acts like Coal-gate Scam, Arvind Kejriwal’s Defamation Case, POCSO ACT and the relevance of the act of sexual harassment at workplace. A turncoat competition was organized by the cell on gender neutrality of section 497 IPC. The object of this exercise was to develop the skill of framing arguments both in favour and against the topic in each student so that when they actually practice in the criminal courts at a later stage they would turn out to be good prosecutors, defence lawyers and judges.

The students of the Cell are also contributing in the Project of “Decongestion of Yerwada Prison” an initiative of Justice Radhakrishnan Committee on Prison Reforms.