New Delhi, Dec. 8 -- India's criminal justice system may soon witness an overhaul, with the Centre asking states to identify gaps in criminal laws.

Setting the wheels in motion to revamp the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), the Union home ministry has begun studying the minutiae of criminal laws to bring out changes to address crimes such as mob lynching, and also ways to fast-track justice.

The Union home ministry's move is in conjunction with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) announcing, earlier this year, that it was working to revamp its crime manual, which would address lacunae in its investigation to smoothen the investigation procedures.

Earlier this week, Union home minister Amit Sh...