Govt holding talks on Judicial Accountability Bill
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 14:35
New Delhi: Government is holding consultations with stakeholders on the Judicial Accountability Bill and has listed the matter for discussion in Parliament, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid said on Tuesday.

Hoping that the bill will be passed by the House after due consultations, Khurshid said the government needs to discuss few things with stakeholders before taking a final decision.

"Consultation is on (over Judicial Accountability Bill)... We need to consult few things with the stakeholders and we will do that. We expect that it will be passed by the House after due consultation," he told reporters here.

Khurshid was asked about the status of the Judicial Accountability Bill and whether government intends to pass it in the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament.

"Actually we had introduced the bill and discussions have also started on it. But now since we have to discuss this again in the House, it is listed (there)," he added.

Khurshid, who also holds the charge of Minority Affairs Ministry, while addressing the Annual Conference of State Minorities Commission here earlier, had stressed on the need for judicial reforms in the country.

To address the legitimate expectations and rightful aspirations of various minority groups in the country, he said that both police and judicial reforms should go hand in hand.

"Police reform is overdue and several state governments are duly reflecting on it. But there is another important dimension to it... Something which has to go hand in hand with police reform is the judicial reforms. Something for which I am responsible under the capacity of Law Minister," he said.

The Conference was headed by M K Narayanan, Governor of West Bengal and attended by Minority Commission Chairman Wajahat Habibullah and Minister of State for Minority Affairs Vincent Pala.


First Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 14:35

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