Sonam Kathuria


Under the traditional model of criminal adjudication, an impartial adjudicator, after a formal adversarial trial, determines guilt and imposes a penalty appropriate for the offender from the range prescribed by legislation. This note discusses a deviation from this model now available under the Indian system, commonly known as "plea bargaining." The author concludes that the model of plea bargaining introduced into the Criminal Procedure Code both reasonable and legal.