Plea Bargaining in India and its scope in India

Anil Balhera


A new chapter XXI A on ‘Plea Bargaining’ has been introduced in the Criminal Procedure Code. It was introduced through the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2005, which was passed by parliament in its winter session.

It is derived from the principle of ‘Nalo Contendere’ which literary means ‘I do not wish to contend’.  Earlier there was no such provision in the laws, but after this amendment the face of the Indian Criminal Justice System has changed.

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