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CBI geared to help states implement new criminal laws, says agency chief

CBI Director Praveen Sood on Thursday said the central agency is geared to help states and other stakeholders implement the three new criminal laws which came into force earlier this week. He also said that the CBI is working with the Law Ministry to successfully implement the three new laws. The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS) and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam (BSA) replaced the Indian Penal Code(IPC), Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Indian Evidence Act respectively from July 1. Addressing an event at the CBI academy, Ghaziabad where Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal presented the President's Police Medal (PPM) for Distinguished Service and Indian Police Medal (IPM) for Meritorious Service to 39 CBI personnel, Sood said the agency and the Law Ministry are working in synergy to prioritise more efficient prosecution along with investigation. According to a ministry statement, he noted that CBI's role has been evolving with the ..

CBI geared to help states implement new criminal laws, says agency chief
Updated On : 04 Jul 2024 | 6:08 PM IST

Delhi police puts up posters to raise awareness on new criminal laws

The posters have been placed at police stations of Connaught Place, Tughlak Road, Tughlaqabad, and many more

Delhi police puts up posters to raise awareness on new criminal laws
Updated On : 01 Jul 2024 | 9:36 AM IST
Updated On : 11 Jun 2024 | 7:52 PM IST

Judges' appointment, vacancies, pendency key challenges before Law Minister

Addressing the issues of vacancies in the higher judiciary and pending cases, and finalising the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) are the key challenges before Arjun Ram Meghwal who was allocated the law portfolio on Monday. The MoP is a set of documents which guide the appointment, elevation and transfer of high court and Supreme Court judges. Meghwal was appointed as minister of state for law and justice with independent charge in May last year when he replaced Kiren Rijiju. After the Modi 3.0 government was sworn in on Sunday, Meghwal was appointed as a minister of state with independent charge. On Monday, he was allocated the law portfolio, an area he is already aware of. According to data shared by the government with Parliament, over five crore cases are pending across courts -- the lower courts, the 25 high courts and the Supreme Court. There are various reasons for the rising pendency but one of key reasons is vacancies in the judiciary. As on June 1, while there are two ..

Judges' appointment, vacancies, pendency key challenges before Law Minister
Updated On : 10 Jun 2024 | 11:44 PM IST

Presidential nod to Lok Ayukta Bill indicates Kerala Guv stand wrong: Min

President Droupadi Murmu's assent to the Kerala Lok Ayukta Bill, passed by the assembly in August 2022, indicates that the Governor Arif Mohammed Khan's stand on the matter was wrong, state Law Minister P Rajeev said on Thursday. His reaction comes in the wake of media reports that the President approved the amended Bill. Rajeev said that when the Lokpal Bill was being discussed in the Parliament, a decision was taken that the states have the power to frame a similar law and therefore, there was nothing wrong in the manner in which the amendments were made to the Kerala Lok Ayukta Act. He said that when the Governor had sought a clarification regarding the bill, it was read out to him and therefore, he ought to have signed it back then. "There was no need to send it to the President for assent. Now the Presidential assent indicates that the Governor's stand was wrong," the minister said. Khan had in November last year reserved seven bills, including the controversial University ..

Presidential nod to Lok Ayukta Bill indicates Kerala Guv stand wrong: Min
Updated On : 29 Feb 2024 | 10:41 AM IST

Panel headed by former law secretary submits report on arbitration reforms

An expert committee headed by former law secretary T K Vishwanathan has submitted its report on reforms in the arbitration sector to the law ministry, sources said on Wednesday. The panel, which also had representatives of the law ministry as well as domain experts, has recommended an amendment to the Arbitration law to confer on the court the power to set aside or vary the arbitration award, the sources said. Industry representatives have dubbed the proposed changes in the law as a setback for arbitration reforms in the country. They said that one of the major issues plaguing arbitrations especially in a jurisdiction such as India is with regard to the fees charged by arbitrators being on the higher side. The reforms propose deletion of the Fourth schedule dealing with fee schedule. The panel has also set no limits on number of arbitrations an arbitrator can take, leading to delay in award, they said. The also noted that no upper age limit has been prescribed for accepting ...

Panel headed by former law secretary submits report on arbitration reforms
Updated On : 15 Feb 2024 | 12:33 AM IST

Rajiv Mani to be appointed secretary of Legislative dept under Law Ministry

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Rajiv Mani as the secretary of the Legislative Department under the Union Ministry of Law and Justice

Rajiv Mani to be appointed secretary of Legislative dept under Law Ministry
Updated On : 06 Feb 2024 | 8:38 AM IST

Interim Budget: Rs 2,502 cr allocated to law ministry, Rs 385 cr to EC

The Election Commission has been granted Rs 385.67 crore for conducting elections this fiscal, according to documents provided after the presentation of the interim budget on Thursday. Lok Sabha elections are due this summer and could be announced sometime in March. The Law Ministry ministry has been provided Rs 2,502.30 crore this fiscal and Rs 34.84 crore in 2024-25 for procurement of electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the poll panel. The sum is meant for providing funds to the Election Commission for procurement of Ballot Units, Control Units and Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) Units by the Election Commission and ancillary expenditure on EVMs and destruction of obsolete EVMs. One control unit, at least one ballot unit and one VVPAT unit make up for one EVM. An expert committee oversees the destruction of old EVMs. An EVM has an average shelf life of 15 years. The poll authority has also been provided Rs 306.06 crore for elections under budget 2024-25. The legis

Interim Budget: Rs 2,502 cr allocated to law ministry, Rs 385 cr to EC
Updated On : 01 Feb 2024 | 7:58 PM IST

Over 5 cr cases pending in Indian courts, 80,000 of them in SC: Law Min

Over five crore cases are pending in various courts of the country, including 80,000 in the Supreme Court, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday. In a written reply, Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said as of December 1, out of the 5,08,85,856 pending cases, over 61 lakh were at the level of the 25 high courts. The district and subordinate courts accounted for over 4.46 crore cases, he said. The minister also noted that the overall sanctioned strength of the Indian judiciary was 26,568 judges. While the sanctioned strength of the top court is 34 judges, 1,114 is the sanctioned strength of the high courts. The district and subordinate courts have a sanctioned strength of 25,420 judges.

Over 5 cr cases pending in Indian courts, 80,000 of them in SC: Law Min
Updated On : 15 Dec 2023 | 5:49 PM IST

SC says unstamped agreements enforceable, overrules its April judgment

Stamping means when a stamp duty is paid on the value of the agreement as per the Stamps Act

SC says unstamped agreements enforceable, overrules its April judgment
Updated On : 13 Dec 2023 | 8:03 PM IST

Election Commissioners to retain status at par with SC judges; bill in RS

The new bill seeks to nullify the Supreme Court judgement, which stated that a committee comprising the PM, LoP in Lok Sabha, and the Chief Justice of India must pick the CEC and ECs

Election Commissioners to retain status at par with SC judges; bill in RS
Updated On : 12 Dec 2023 | 12:55 PM IST

75.69% of judges appointed between 2018 and 2023 belong to general category

13.8% women sitting judges in higher judiciary: Law Ministry

75.69% of judges appointed between 2018 and 2023 belong to general category
Updated On : 08 Dec 2023 | 6:31 PM IST

Why can't India be an arbitration hub: Law minister Arjun Ram Meghwal

Meghwal said the BJP government has passed the Mediation Bill recently

Why can't India be an arbitration hub: Law minister Arjun Ram Meghwal
Updated On : 20 Oct 2023 | 9:20 PM IST

Pending cases in SC with govt as party increased to 11,414 in 2023: RTI

The number of cases in which government is a party and that are pending in the Supreme Court have increased from 4536 in 2019 to 11,414 in 2023, according to an RTI response from the law ministry. Replying to the RTI application filed by Pune-based activist Vihar Durve, the ministry said it did not have the data in the form sought by him. Durve had asked from the ministry "complete information year wise from the year 2019 to 2023" about total cases pending in Supreme Court of India where government of India is one of the party. As ascertained from the branch concerned, results based on the search of the party name from the list of parties involved in a case i.e. 'UOI', 'U.O.I', 'Union of India', 'U O I', 'State', 'bank', 'Ministry', 'Govt. of India', 'Government of India', 'Govt of India', the number of cases filed from 2019 to 2023 in which government is a party and still pending in Supreme Court are as follows, the ministry said. Giving the data, it said in the filing year 2019,

Pending cases in SC with govt as party increased to 11,414 in 2023: RTI
Updated On : 13 Oct 2023 | 5:01 PM IST

Law ministry officials brief panel chairman Kovind on simultaneous polls

Top officials of the Union Law Ministry on Sunday held a preparatory briefing for former president Ram Nath Kovind who heads the high-level committee to examine and make recommendations for holding simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha, state assemblies and local bodies. The government had on Saturday notified the eight-member committee. People aware of the development said, Law Secretary Niten Chandra, Legislative Secretary Reeta Vasishta and others met Kovind this afternoon to understand how he would like to go about the agenda before the committee. While Chandra is also the secretary to the high-level committee, Vasistha's department deals with the issue of elections, the Representation of the People Act and related rules.

Law ministry officials brief panel chairman Kovind on simultaneous polls
Updated On : 03 Sep 2023 | 6:41 PM IST

More than 10 mn suggestions received over UCC: Law Minister Meghwal

The Law Commission of India on Friday decided not to further extend the time period for submission of suggestions from the public on the Uniform Civil Code (UCC)

More than 10 mn suggestions received over UCC: Law Minister Meghwal
Updated On : 29 Jul 2023 | 4:51 PM IST

DMK regime asks Guv Ravi to give nod to prosecute former AIADMK ministers

Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi should not delay any further his sanction to prosecute former Ministers in the previous AIADMK regime and clear the 13 Bills pending with him for his assent, the State government urged Raj Bhavan on Tuesday. Writing to Ravi, Tamil Nadu Law Minister S Regupathy said no further steps could be taken in the case involving the Gutkha scam since no reply has been received from the Raj Bhavan on CBI's request for sanction to prosecute C Vijayabaskar and B V Ramana, former Ministers in the AIADMK regime (2016-21). On September 12, 2022, the CBI's plea for sanction was forwarded to the Governor by the state Cabinet. The central agency is probing the scam in which bribes were allegedly paid by the Gutkha firms. Vijayabaskar and Ramana were among the accused. The TN Law Minister said similarly, the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) sought sanction to prosecute KC Veeramani and M R Vijayabaskar, also former Ministers in the AIADMK government. The ..

DMK regime asks Guv Ravi to give nod to prosecute former AIADMK ministers
Updated On : 05 Jul 2023 | 4:37 PM IST

Parliamentary panel meets Law Commission, law ministry delegates on UCC

The parliamentary panel on law held an important meeting on the issue of the Uniform Civil Code here on Monday. The standing committee headed by BJP MP Sushil Modi has called representatives of the Law Commission and the law ministry on a recent notice issued by the law panel seeking views of stakeholders on the issue of a uniform civil code. According to the schedule of the standing committee on law and personnel, it has to hear the views of representatives of the law panel and legal affairs and legislative departments of the law ministry "on public notice issued by the Law Commission of India on 14th June 2023, inviting views from the various stakeholders on the Uniform Civil Code, under the subject Review of Personal Laws'".

Parliamentary panel meets Law Commission, law ministry delegates on UCC
Updated On : 03 Jul 2023 | 4:46 PM IST

NALSA has important role to play in ensuring equality to all: Law minister

Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on Friday said the National Legal Aid Services Authority (NALSA) has an important role to play in ensuring social and economic equality to all citizens of the country. "We got political equality on 26 November 1956. Social and economic equality should also be given to all," Meghwal said in his address at the 19th Legal Services Authority meet at SKICC here. He said the steps taken under the NALSA are sometimes referred to as small steps. "Keep taking small steps through the NALSA. These steps will accumulate into big movement of justice for people," he added. Meghwal recalled the contribution made by past judges of the apex court in terms of legal aid services to the common citizens. "CJI (PN) Bhagwati had said if anyone sends him a postcard, he will register a PIL. This is the right the legal services authority has given to the people, " Meghwal said. He said in this regard, the meet at Srinagar was a "rich gathering". "Top judges of the Su

NALSA has important role to play in ensuring equality to all: Law minister
Updated On : 30 Jun 2023 | 9:29 PM IST

Parl panel calls representatives of Law Commission, law ministry on UCC

A parliamentary standing committee has called representatives of the Law Commission and the law ministry on July 3 on a recent notice issued by the law panel seeking views of stakeholders on the issue of a uniform civil code. According to the schedule of the standing committee on law and personnel, it will hear the views of representatives of the law panel and legal affairs and legislative departments of the law ministry "on public notice issued by the Law Commission of India on 14th June, 2023, inviting views from the various stakeholders on the Uniform Civil Code, under the subject Review of Personal Laws'". Till Tuesday evening, the law panel had received nearly 8.5 lakh responses on its public notice.

Parl panel calls representatives of Law Commission, law ministry on UCC
Updated On : 30 Jun 2023 | 6:54 AM IST