2 BJP-ruled states among 7 opposing all-India judicial service

Seven states, including BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh, have opposed the formation of an all-India judicial service, a 60-year-old proposal which has received a fresh push from the Modi government. Another BJP-ruled state, Maharashtra, wants recruitment for the all-India judicial service (AIJS) to be done in a particular manner which the Law Ministry feels […]

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‘Remove bar on giving advice to ministries directly’

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has urged the government to junk a rule which bars him from giving legal advice to various ministries without involving the Law Ministry, saying it delays decision-making on important matters. Rohatgi has also said the rule which requires law officers to give legal opinion to various central ministries and departments only […]

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Witnesses most neglected lot: Law Ministry

Terming witnesses as the “most neglected segment” in the criminal justice system, the Law Ministry has said a 13-year-old report held the key to insulating them from harassment and minimising inconvenience caused during trial. “Witnesses are a critical constituent in the process of administration of criminal justice. They discharge an important public function by assisting […]

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Home, law ministries meet to discuss Ganguly case

The union home ministry is consulting the law ministry on demands for removal of Justice (retd) AK Ganguly as the chief of the West Bengal human rights panel following allegations of sexual harassment against him, official sources said. The sources said consultations have begun over letters written by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to […]

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Judicial reforms were the flavour of 2012

Judicial reforms were the flavour of the year as the government focused its efforts on bringing a bill on judicial accountability and kept up its plans to change the present system of appointment of judges where the executive has little say. In March, the Lok Sabha passed an ambitious bill to lay judicial standards but despite two […]

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2G: High Court asks Centre to respond to Essar”s plea

The Delhi High Court asked the Centre  to respond to the pleas of Essar Teleholdings Ltd and its promoters, Ravi and Anshuman Ruia, for quashing of the charges framed against them in a case linked to the 2G spectrum allocation scam. Notice has been issued by Justice AK Pathak to the Ministry of Law, the CBI and […]

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Unified Indian judicial service like IAS, may get govt nod

With an Aim to infuse young talents to higher judiciary, the government has prepared a Cabinet note to introduce the Indian Judicial Service (IJS) — an all-India service on the lines of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS). The proposal is likely to be brought before the Union Cabinet next week […]

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Probe report on Narvekar to be referred to Law Ministry

The probe report on the alleged fraud committed by former Goa Cricket Association President Dayanand Narvekar, will now be referred to the law ministry for further action, a senior official said today. The two-member committee constituted by state government has already submitted its report to the Registrar of Cooperative Societies, which is a registering authority for the […]

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