The Law Commission has made several recommendations to the Central Government, suggesting to deal strictly with those who damage public property. The Commission has said that in cases of causing damage to public property, the accused should get bail only if an amount equal to the damage caused by them is deposited. The Commission has also suggested amendments in the Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP) Act. The committee led by Commission Chairman Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi has said these things in its 284th report. Yoga in its report has said that in criminal cases involving damage to public property, fear of conviction and punishment alone is not sufficient for offenses under the PDPP Act.
Bail conditions should be strict
The Commission has said that the bail conditions for those who cause damage to public property should be more stringent. Unless the accused deposit the estimated value of public property, they should not be granted bail. The Central Government had put forward a proposal for changes in the PDPP Act in 2015. The Home Ministry released a draft of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and had sought objections and suggestions on it. However, the proposal to amend the original Act was not taken forward. The Commission has said in its report that it cannot be denied that the incidents of damage to public property in our country unfortunately occur on a large scale and are continuing.
no one is allowed
The Commission has said that it is the fundamental duty of every citizen to protect public property. Besides, it is also in his interest to protect it. It also said that public property cannot be allowed to be destroyed by anyone, no matter what the reason. The Commission said that it is easy to cause damage to property, but it is not easy to create it. Describing public property as national property, the report said that every citizen has a stake in it. The commission has said in the report sent to the government that the destruction of public property should be taken seriously and the culprits should be punished.