Law Minister

  • Centre has highest regard for judiciary: Law Minister tells CJI 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hit back at Chief Justice of India RM Lodha after he expressed concern over corruption in judiciary. Prasad said that the BJP-led government at Centre had the highest regard for judiciary and wants to ensure that its independence is sacrosanct. Responding to...
  • Home Minister, Law Minister to discuss expedition of trials against MPs facing criminal charges September 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will meet on Monday to discuss expediting legal trials against MPs facing criminal charges. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier said that criminal trials against MPs should reach the logical conclusion soon. The meeting comes just days after the Supreme...
  • Government hints at delay in bringing judicial accountability bill August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: A proposal which seeks to change the present system of investigating complaints of misbehaviour and incapacity against judges of the Supreme Court and high courts requires "further consideration", the government said on Friday, indicating that a bill in this regard may not come in the immediate future. Referring to...
  • Draft to amend Juvenile Justice Act approved, sent to Cabinet for approval July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The Law Ministry on Friday approved the Juvenile Justice Act amendment draft. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has circulated the draft to the ministries to be placed for Cabinet's approval. According to sources, Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi had on Tuesday sent the draft with amendments in...
  • Gopal Subramanium case: Congress accuses BJP of playing politics of vendetta July 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Coming down heavily on the Narendra Modi government over the row involving senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, the Congress accused the BJP of playing the politics of vendetta. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi claimed that Subramanium, who was in line to become a Supreme Court judge but later withdrew his...
  • Vacant posts of judges will be filled soon, says Ravi Shankar Prasad June 30, 2014

    Vacant posts of judges in the country will be filled shortly and the process for the same has already started, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Sunday. Following his meeting with a delegation of advocates here, Prasad told reporters that vacancies in judges' posts would soon be filled. Prasad, also the...
  • Somnath Bharti need not step down, will punish if found guilty: AAP January 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Without giving in to the mounting pressure, Aam Aadmi Party has decided not to take any action against its party member and Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti. With the rising criticism of Bharti for his infamous raid at a house in Khirki Extension in Malviya Nagar, AAP's Political Affairs...
  • AAP PAC meets amidst rising clamour for Somnath Bharti's dismissal January 23, 2014

    New Delhi: With the pressure mounting on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party, the outfit's Political Affairs Committee is meeting to take a decision on Law Minister Somnath Bharti who is under the scanner for the infamous raid at Khirki Extension in Malviya Nagar. The AAP PAC meet...
  • Somnath Bharti evades media after victim identifies him January 22, 2014

    Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti was seen on Wednesday evading the media. He was identified by one of the complainants as the leader of the midnight raid in Delhi's Khirkee extension area. ...
  • AAP minister in dock for tampering with proof, says judge's order erroneous January 14, 2014

    Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti on Tuesday refuted allegations that he tampered with the evidence in a case that he was handling as a lawyer. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, too, came to his defence saying that there was no proof to show that Bharti tampered with any evidence in the...
  • Delhi Law Minister denies tampering with proof, Kejriwal backs him January 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti on Tuesday refuted allegations that he tampered with the evidence in a case that he was handling as a lawyer. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, too, came to his defence saying that there was no proof to show that Bharti tampered with any evidence...
  • Prosecution wing to report to CBI director, his word final in investigations December 26, 2013

    In a major step towards allowing more autonomy to CBI, government has placed the agency's legal wing, which used to report to Law Ministry, under the command of the CBI Director, making his word final in investigations. CBI sources said that the Directorate of Prosecution has been now placed under the...
  • IT, infrastructure needed to reduce pending court cases: Sibal August 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Anticipating that pending court cases might rise five-fold to 15 crore in coming years, Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday said more use of information technology and infrastructure creation could help. "Pendency of court cases is three crore today and this is going to rise in coming years to...
  • PM appoints Ashwani Kumar special envoy with cabinet rank August 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Nearly three months after he had to resign as Union Law minister in a blaze of controversy, Ashwani Kumar has been appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as his Special Envoy to visit Japan in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. The Prime Minister has nominated Kumar "to visit...
  • After SC verdict, political parties push for electoral reforms July 10, 2013

    New Delhi: In the light of the Supreme Court verdict on disqualification of lawmakers, political parties on Wednesday pushed for electoral reforms as the government said it would hold consultations before deciding on the next step. Most parties reacted cautiously to the landmark verdict saying it was important, but would...
  • Law Minister for audio recording of trial court workings May 31, 2013

    New Delhi: With an aim of bringing transparency in judicial proceedings, Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday said working of trial courts should be audio recorded and discussions are on in this regard. "...We want that to bring transparency, at least the proceedings are audio recorded but the government cannot...
  • Sibal admits UPA-II has failed to communicate its achievements to people May 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal has admitted that the United Progressive Alliance government has failed to communicate to the people its achievements in the last four years. He was speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate. Sibal conceded that this has been one weakness of UPA-II because...
  • Sibal proposes law to control fixing in sports May 19, 2013

    New Delhi: In the wake of the spot-fixing scandal in IPL, Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday proposed a law to tackle fixing and other illegal activities in sports in India. Sibal spoke to Sports Minister Jitendra Singh and proposed to plug the loopholes that help the accused to escape...
  • Sibal outlines broad objectives as Law Minister May 14, 2013

    New Delhi: With Lok Sabha elections due next year, newly appointed Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said he would strive to achieve objectives in the run up, including making legal procedures help fuel economic growth and appointment of judges through a transparent process. Outlining his "broad objectives", Sibal said,...
  • PM's role must be probed in coal scam report sharing , says CPM leader May 11, 2013

    CPM leader Nilotpal Basu said both Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar should have been sacked earlier. ...
  • Sibal gets Law Ministry, CP Joshi gets Railways May 11, 2013

    New Delhi: A mini Cabinet reshuffle is in the offing, according to sources, after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sacked Pawan Kumar Bansal as the Railway Minister and Ashwani Kumar as the Law Minister. Telecom MinisterKapil Sibal has got additional charge of Law Ministry while CP Joshi has once again got...
  • Is the government distancing itself from Ashwani Kumar? May 13, 2013

    New Delhi: It seems that the government is distancing itself from sacked Law Minister Ashwani Kumar. Sources say that the government had prepared a statement to defend Ashwani Kumar after he resigned, however, it did not release that statement. Sources say the statement said, "Ashwani resigned because of perception and...
  • Ashwani says he resigned to avoid 'unnecessary controversy' May 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Sacked Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on Saturday came out in his defence saying he resigned only to avoid any unnecessary controversy claiming that his conscience still remains clear. "I tendered my resignation to put an end to unnecessary controversy in a matter pending before the Supreme Court. My...
  • Sibal may be new Law Minister, CP Joshi likely to get Railways May 13, 2013

    New Delhi: A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was forced to sack Ashwani Kumar as Law Minister and Pawan Kumar Bansal as Railway Minister, the Congress party has given full credit to party President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi for taking action against the tainted ministers. "Congress...
  • PM may replace Ashwani Kumar soon: Sources May 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, who has been under pressure to resign after the Central Bureau of Investigation told the Supreme Court that he not only saw the coal scam report but also suggested some changes in it, is likely to be replaced. Sources say that Prime Minister Manmohan...
  • Under fire over coal scam report, Vahanvati meets PM May 13, 2013

    New Delhi: A day after the Supreme Court came down heavily on the government and the Central Bureau of Investigation for sharing the coal scam probe report, Attorney General GE Vahanvati met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday. Law Minister Ashwani Kumar had also reached the PMO to meet Manmohan...
  • Coal scam: CBI to submit fresh affidavit in SC today May 6, 2013

    New Delhi: Under fire from the Opposition to quit, Law Minister Ashwani Kumar is set to face more heat on Monday. The Central Bureau of Investigation will disclose the full extent of the Law Minister's involvement in vetting the coal scam report its reply to the Supreme Court on Monday. CNN-IBN's...
  • Clamour grows for Law Minister's resignation, UPA buys time May 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The UPA-II is facing one of the biggest crisis in its tenure after the Supreme Court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to explain the extent of political interference in its investigations into the coal block allocations scam and name the officials involved in the exercise. Harin Raval...
  • Coal scam: SP declines to comment on PM's resignation demand April 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Samajwadi Party on Tuesday declined to comment on BJP's demand for the Prime Minister's resignation over the coal scam issue, saying "every party has its own opinion". "We have said it earlier also. The CBI director himself has admitted it so what is there to say?" SP leader...
  • 'Will take action after studying SC's comments on coal scam' April 30, 2013

    New Delhi: In the wake of embarrassing comments against the government by the Supreme Court, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said any action required will be taken after he studies the observations made by the top court. "I have not studied the Supreme Court's observations. Whatever action is called for will...