LAW MINISTRY

  • Who is 'Eeshwar' in whose name oath is taken? Law Ministry stumped 19 hours 16 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Who is 'Eeshwar' in whose name top constitutional functionaries and legislators take oath of office? This RTI query stumped the Law Ministry, which said there is no constitutional provision defining the term. RTI-applicant Shradhanand Yogacharya also raised another query, seeking to know the meaning of "Satyameva Jayate", the...
  • Government notifies new law on judges appointment April 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Government on Monday brought into force a controversial law to appoint members to the higher judiciary, two days before a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court hears a clutch of petitions challenging the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act. The notification bringing into effect from Monday the National Judicial Appointments...
  • PM Modi critical of Tribunals, asks if they are barrier for justice April 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Questioning the efficacy of tribunals, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday voiced concern over the low rate of disposal of cases by them and said there was a need to ascertain whether these institutions were delivering justice or were acting as a "barrier" in it. He said senior judges...
  • Election Commission for new machine to enhance voter secrecy April 3, 2015

    New Delhi: The Election Commission wants to use a new machine which prevents disclosure of voting pattern during counting to enhance voter secrecy and has received the backing of the Law Commission, but the government is yet to take a final call on the issue. The EC has approached the Law...
  • Pakistani singer Adnan Sami applies for Indian citizenship March 1, 2015

    New Delhi: Pakistani singer Adnan Sami has applied for Indian citizenship for a second time despite an earlier plea of his having been rejected by the Centre. The 43-year-old singer -- whose earlier request was rejected some two years back -- has made his application to the Foreigners' Division of...
  • Law Ministry gets funds to settle Lok Sabha poll liabilities February 28, 2015

    New Delhi: Law Ministry's annual outlay has gone up substantially this time, but most of the money will be spent for meeting government's liability towards charges for conduct of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. While the Law Ministry was provided Rs 381.33 crore last fiscal for 'elections', this time it has...
  • Establishment of Lokayukta under consideration of government: Tamil Nadu February 10, 2015

    Madurai: Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday told the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court that establishment of Lokayukta in the state was under its consideration. A committee had been formed for the purpose and it was examining the concerned issues including drafting of...
  • Bill planned to rename Madras, Bombay high courts January 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The iconic high courts of Bombay and Madras may soon undergo a change in their nomenclature. Amid demands, the Centre is mulling changing the names of the two high courts through an Act of Parliament. The Law Ministry has started working on a bill to rename Bombay and...
  • Pending rape cases: High Court chief justices urged to set up fast track courts December 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre has urged chief justices of high courts to set up fast track courts to deal with pending rape cases and monitor their progress. Since setting up of fast track courts is the responsibility of the state government, the Centre has also urged the chief ministers to...
  • Modi government to amend Lokpal Bill, receives proposal from DoPT: sources November 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is all set to amend the Lokpal Bill. The Department of Personnel and Training's proposal for the amendment has been received, said Law Ministry sources on Saturday. The government has begun the amendment process. The government is likely to amend the Lokpal bill to include...
  • Seek officers' comments before changing services rules: Government September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: All cadre controlling authorities should seek comments from concerned officers on its proposal to change central services rules, the government has said. The government has decided that all the cadre controlling authority of organised Group 'A' service, before referring any proposal for framing or amendment in the service rules,...
  • Delhi High Court order on erickshaws today September 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will on Tuesday pass an order on whether to lift the ban on the plying of erickshaws in the capital till the law is amended to bring them under the ambit of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 for regulating them on the roads. A...
  • Government of India can print Re 1 note: Law Ministry September 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Putting to rest the debate on printing of one rupee notes, the Law Ministry has opined that the Government of India has all the powers to print currency notes of this denomination. While the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has the authority to issue bank notes of denominational values...
  • Ensure quick trial of cases against lawmakers: Centre to HCs September 6, 2014

    New Delhi: With the Supreme Court setting a deadline for completing trial in cases involving lawmakers, the Law Ministry has written to high courts requesting them to ensure that cases against MPs and MLAs facing charges which attract disqualification are fasttracked. The decision to write to the state governments as well...
  • EC plan on young voters' enrolment faces legal hurdle August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Election Commission's plan to ensure that young citizens are registered as voters as soon as they turn 18 has run into difficulties as the Attorney General has opined that the move to have multiple cutoff dates contradicts provisions of the Constitution. EC had earlier this year told the government...
  • Divide in Modi Cabinet, Maneka Gandhi's plan to strengthen NCW hits Law Ministry roadblock August 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Two important central ministries are at loggerheads. Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi's plan to strengthen the National Commission for Women has met with a roadblock from the Law Ministry, said sources on Friday. Maneka had sent a proposal to the Law Ministry to strengthen the...
  • Narendra Modi Cabinet defers decision on bill to scrap collegium system August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: A decision on a Law Ministry proposal to bring constitutional amendment bill to scrap the collegium system of appointment of judges was deferred by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. The bill came up for discussion but it was felt that more confabulations were required on the issue, sources said....
  • Is it time to scrap the collegium system? July 29, 2014

    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. ...
  • Centre starts preparation to change collegium system to appoint judges July 28, 2014

    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 AG rejects plea for Leader of Opposition post July 25, 2014

    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 AG 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 July 24, 2014

    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 July 24, 2014

    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 timebound manner. Prasad, who carried out an inspection of the...
  • Centre's consent needed before tabling Jan Lokpal Bill: Law Ministry February 12, 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 oneman commission on police excess by STF in Chinnampathy village...