Cabinet passes triple talaq ordinance, Instant triple talaq to be a crime now

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet has passed an ordinance which criminalises making instant triple talaq a punishable offence with a three-year jail term and the woman will be entitled to maintenance. Giving details about the provisions of the ordinance, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the core component is that an offence will be cognizable only when […]

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Ranjit Kumar resigns as solicitor general

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, the country’s second highest law officer, resigned today for “personal reasons”. The office of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad received his resignation letter today. While Kumar confirmed to PTI that he had resigned, sources close to him said it was for “personal reasons”. He was appointed solicitor general in June 2014 […]

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Constraints can’t stand in way of access to justice

 Financial constraints cannot stand in the way of making access of the people to justice, though it may lead to lack of infrastructure and judges, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur said today. “Financial constraints cannot stand in the way of making access to justice a reality. That is absolutely in tune with our […]

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Fresh bill in next session to repeal 287 archaic laws: Government

Giving a fresh push to weed out archaic laws, Law Ministry will bring a new bill in Winter session of Parliament to repeal another 287 obsolete statutes even as it works overtime to ensure that 700 Appropriation Acts which have lost relevance are junked. “While a bill is pending in Parliament to repeal 32 amendment […]

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Govt to seeks jurists’ views on bill to scrap collegium system

Displaying earnest, government will seek the views of jurists and former judges on the proposed Judicial Appointments Commission bill it plans to bring in Parliament to replace the present collegium system where judges appoint judges. Sources said Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will listen to top jurists and former judges on Monday to elicit their […]

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Make serving on bench mandatory for senior counsel

 will always be a headache in this country as long as senior lawyers are queasy about crossing over from the bar to the bench. Being a practicing advocate has its advantages: One is free to take up cases one likes, there’s more money to be made, not to speak of the freedom from reading monotonous […]

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“Labour rights must not be used to deter investment”

Labour rights need to be safeguarded and secured but these laws should not be used as means to deter investment, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today. “Labour rights need to be safeguarded and secured. But at the same time, these laws should not be used as a means to deter investment and also production,” […]

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Judiciary will brook no infringement of its independence

Chief Justice R.M. Lodha ticking off the government for not clearing former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium as a Supreme Court judge has sent a rather strong signal to all those worried about executive whittling away at the judiciary’s independence. Before publically disapproving the government action of segregating Subramanium’s name and returning the recommendation, Lodha wrote […]

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