Law Ministry

  • Centre starts preparation to change collegium system to appoint judges 16 hours 2 minutes ago

    New Delhi: After the controversy generated by former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju's allegation of corruption in judiciary, the Centre on Monday pushed for reforms in the judicial appointment process. The Law Ministry has began consultations to prepare a draft to change the collegium system, whereby judges appoint judges. The government's...
  • News 360: Setback for Congress as A-G rejects plea for Leader of Opposition post 3 days ago

    In a huge blow to the Congress, the Attorney General has rejected the party's plea for getting the post of the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha. The A-G has claimed that the party must have 10 per cent of House strength to get the Leader of Opposition post. ...
  • PM Narendra Modi asks for speedy trial into cases against MPs 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to look into ways of speeding up cases against politicians who are facing trial and investigations. Law ministry is expected to work in coordination with the Home Ministry on preparing a blue print to deal with cases...
  • Centre seeks views from political parties on procedure of appointing judges 4 days ago

    New Delhi: With an intent to bring amendments in the procedure of appointment of judges, the Law Ministry has sought inputs from political parties over the procedure. The NDA government has been mulling a Constitutional Amendment Bill to set up a Judicial Appointments Commission to replace the present collegium system....
  • Bring out structural changes in work culture, Law Min to staff June 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today asked officials in his ministry to bring out structural changes in work culture so that decision making is not delayed. He also advised ministry officials to be punctual and dispose of work in a time-bound manner. Prasad, who carried out an inspection of the...
  • Centre's consent needed before tabling Jan Lokpal Bill: Law Ministry February 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The controversy over the Jan Lokpal Bill does not seem to end as the Law Ministry has said that Delhi government has to take Centre's consent before passing such a Bill. But Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal remains defiant and said he will table the Bill in Delhi Assembly...
  • Talks between government and Vodafone over tax dues break down: Sources February 11, 2014

    New Delhi: There has been a breakdown in talks between the government and Vodafone over tax dues. Sources say that the government is likely to withdraw the proceedings. The Finance Ministry has floated a Cabinet note for the withdrawal of conciliation and the Law Ministry, too, has cleared the withdrawal. The...
  • Lt Governor seeks Union Law Ministry's view on Jan Lokpal Bill February 10, 2014

    Lt Governor Najeeb Jang on Monday sought Union Law Ministry's opinion on the constitutional position whether it was necessary for the Delhi government to obtain prior approval from the Centre before tabling the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly. In a statement, the Lt Governor's office said to avoid any dispute...
  • False affidavits: CEC asks Law Ministry to take preventive measures January 4, 2014

    Expressing concern over the practice of candidates furnishing incorrect details in affidavits before polls, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Saturday said that he has written to Law ministry for more preventive provisions. "As part of electoral reforms, we have already recommended to the law ministry an imprisonment of up to...
  • Gay sex illegal in India again: Full text of the SC judgemnet December 11, 2013

    The Supreme Court of India today has upheld the draconian law which makes gay sex illegal. Many have reacted with disbelief and disappointment. Read the full text of the judgement here: REPORTABLE IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CIVIL APPELLATE JURISDICTION CIVIL APPEAL NO.10972 OF 2013 (Arising out of SLP (C) No.15436 of 2009) Suresh...
  • Pakistan government asks SC to launch Musharraf's trial for treason November 18, 2013

    The Pakistan government, on Monday, asked the Supreme Court to launch treason proceedings against former dictator Pervez Musharraf for imposing emergency in 2007, the first time the civilian administration has sought the criminal prosecution of a military ruler. A letter sent by the Law Ministry to the apex court Registrar's Office...
  • R Bhanumati appointed as new chief justice of Jharkhand HC November 12, 2013

    Justice R Bhanumati was on Tuesday appointed as Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court. Justice Bhanumati (58) was so far a judge of the Madras High Court. As a district judge, she had dealt with number of landmark cases and also headed one-man commission on police excess by STF in Chinnampathy village...
  • Govt likely to seek review of SC order on NEET July 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Government is likely to seek a review of the Supreme Court judgement scrapping the common entrance test for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses in medical and dental colleges with the Law Ministry endorsing a proposal in this regard. Unhappy with the judgement, the Health Ministry had proposed to take...
  • Law Ministry for 3-7 years jail for spot, match fixing May 28, 2013

    New Delhi: The Law Ministry has proposed punishment ranging from three to seven years' jail for various "dishonest" practices in a sporting event, including spot-fixing and match-fixing. The draft 'Dishonest Practice in Sporting Event (Prevention) Bill', submitted to the Sports Ministry, provides for punishment of up to three years in jail...
  • Collegium system of judges' appointment opaque: Sibal May 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Law and Justice Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said that the present collegium system of making appointments to the higher judiciary was "opaque" and "non-transparent", but nothing could be done to change it overnight. "The present system of appointment of judges is opaque and non-transparent," Sibal said in an...
  • 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,...
  • Coal scam: Cong awaits PM's decision on Ashwani Kumar May 13, 2013

    New Delhi: While the victory in Karnataka has come as a big boost for the Congress, the party-led UPA government has no reason to celebrate in Delhi. Pressure is building up on the government to oust Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, who allegedly ordered changes in CBI's status report on coal...
  • BJP is committed to CBI autonomy: Sidharth Nath Singh April 30, 2013

    The Supreme Court has made scathing remarks on the present government while hearing the coal scam case. It has gone to the extent of labelling it as a massive breach of trust that has shaken the foundations of the country. How does the country's main Opposition party expect the ruling...
  • 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...
  • Coal scam: Left parties want PM to face Parliament April 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Left parties on Tuesday termed as "meaningless" the demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation over the coal allocation issue but asked him to face Parliament as he "owes an answer" to the country. CPI(M) also dubbed the disruption of Parliament as "match fixing" between BJP and Congress. "Demanding...
  • SC's remarks on coal scam spark off heated debate in LS April 30, 2013

    New Delhi: As the Supreme Court expressed deep concerns over the CBI affidavit on the coal block allocation scam, Lok Sabha on Tuesday was rocked by the issue with the Opposition leaders lambasting the government and accusing it of being corrupt. "I want to tell the country that this government is...
  • SC says CBI must not be controlled by 'political masters' April 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Terming it a "massive breach of trust" and a matter that has "shaken its foundation", the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday took a very serious note of the CBI affidavit on the coal block allocation scam and asserted that the probe agency must be "liberated" and should...
  • Supreme Court lambasts CBI over affidavit on coal scam April 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Terming it a "massive breach of trust" and a matter that has "shaken its foundation", the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday took a very serious note of the CBI affidavit on the coal block allocation scam and asserted that the probe agency must be "liberated" and should...
  • CBI's affidavit on coalgate: Is UPA's credibility damaged beyond repair? April 26, 2013

    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed its affidavit on the coal block allocation scam report with the Supreme Court, in which the agency's director Ranjit Sinha has said the draft of the report was shared with Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, a charge that the Congress has been...
  • CBI's affidavit on coal scam says agency shared report with Law Min April 26, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed its affidavit on the coal block allocation scam report with the Supreme Court, in which the agency's director Ranjit Sinha has said the draft of the report was shared with Law Minister Ashwani Kumar "as desired by him", a...
  • Cabinet likely to decide on new mechanism to appoint judges April 18, 2013

    New Delhi: In what could result in another stand-off between the government and the judiciary, the UPA cabinet is likely to take up proposals for a revamp in the way judges are appointed. The Law Ministry wants judges to be appointed by a Judicial Appointments Commission, which includes members of...
  • 'CBI to inform SC that Law Minister tried to vet coal scam status report' April 14, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sources said on Sunday that the investigative agency will inform the Supreme Court that Law Minister Ashwani Kumar tried to interfere in its status report on the coal scam. Sources also said the CBI will go ahead with its own report and...
  • CBI coal scam report: Law minister meets top officials April 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Against the backdrop of reports that the government had allegedly vetted CBI's report on the coal block allocation scam, Law Minister Ashwani Kumar is learnt to have met top officers on Saturday to discuss the ramifications and the future course of action. Sources said during their meeting Kumar...
  • BJP demands SIT probe into the coal scam April 13, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded a probe by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the coal scam alleging that the government is influencing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has accused the Law Ministry and the Prime...
  • 2G scam: Raja defends decision to bypass Law Ministry March 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Former telecom minister A Raja has defended the Telecom Ministry's decision to bypass the Law Ministry in seeking legal opinion of the then Solicitor General GE Vahanvati directly on 2G issue saying it was "perfectly permissible" to approach the law officer in certain cases. Raja told the Joint...