As many as 22 states and Union Territories have supported a Law Commission recommendation to bring a bill to prevent 'honour killings', but government on Thursday refused to fix a timeline to put in place a legal framework, saying a decision will be taken after due consultations.
A proposal seeking to change the present system of investigating complaints of misbehaviour and incapacity against judges of higher judiciary requires "further consultation", government said on Thursday, indicating that a bill in this regard may not come in the immediate future.
With the objective to reduce the government's dependency on courts, it is bringing in the National Litigation Policy (NLP) to avoid unnecessary litigation involving the various ministries and departments, Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said Wednesday.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants the Centre to clearly mention in National Judicial Appointments Bill that the Governor will have to follow the advice of the state government in the appointment of High Court judges.
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.
Pitching for self regulation by the media, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Saturday said great responsibility comes with freedom and flagged issues like paid news, trial by media and fake sting operations as matters which have to be dealt with.
Terming weeding out archaic laws as a priority agenda for the government, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Tuesday said he would introduce a fresh bill in Winter Session of Parliament for repealing "hundreds" of obsolete statutes.
Allegations of sexual harassment levelled by an additional district judge in Madhya Pradesh against a High Court judge should be inquired into fairly and appropriate action should be taken, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Tuesday.
Former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan on Thursday said it was quite clear that CBI and IB were induced to do a "hatchet job" to scuttle the elevation of eminent lawyer Gopal Subramanium to the Supreme Court bench.
The new government was for a stable, transparent and investment friendly regime and for "good governance good legal regime is very necessary", said Ravi Shankar Prasad who took charge as Union Law Minister on Tuesday.
The Aam Aadmi Party defended Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti even as pressure mounted on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for removal of the controversial Law Minister for allegedly leading a group of assaulters in a midnight raid in South Delhi last week.
Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti, indicted by a court for "tampering of evidence" in a case he appeared as a defence lawyer, has informed the Bar Council of Delhi that he intends to surrender his licence to practice law.
The National Commission for Women today took suo motu cognisance of media reports that some women foreign nationals were allegedly forcibly held captive and made to undergo medical tests to find out if they had consumed drugs on the orders of the Law Minister.
CBI has written to the Law Minister expressing reservations over the new provisions introduced through Lokpal where the agency will have to take the nod of Central Vigilance Commission before filing charge sheets in cases referred by the anti-corruption watchdog.