Is the Evidence Law in India all set to be overhauled?

By Maithili Parikh, Government Law College, Mumbai.

The Indian Evidence Act was originally passed by the Imperial Legislative Council in 1872 and contains a set of rules and allied issues governing admissibility of evidence in Indian Courts, an area of law of unparalleled importance in advocacy and litigation. The enactment and adoption of this code of law was a path-breaking judicial measure and completely metamorphosed the previous traditional customs of evidence, which were in practice. Just like all other branches of law, the Law of Evidence in India needs to constantly evolve with the rapidly growing society and its practices. Surprisingly, the Indian Evidence Act, has been amended only once in 2000. However in order to combat the increasing magnitude of cyber crimes, the NDA Government is considering overhauling the current law in order to replace it with a more modern and comprehensive amendment. (more…)