HRD Ministry sends Visva Bharati VC file again to President

The HRD Ministry has again sent the file recommending dismissal of Visva Bharati Vice Chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta to President Pranab Mukherjee after the Law Ministry and Attorney General backed its view in the matter.

Over two crore cases pending in lower judiciary

Over two crore cases are pending in the country's lower judiciary, out of which more than 10 per cent have remained unsettled for over 10 years, latest Law Ministry data says.

Ease of doing business: Govt reviews over 50-year-old law

Ease of doing business: Govt reviews over 50-year-old law

The review of the law comes amid the government's repeated emphasis on promoting the 'ease of doing business' in India.

High Courts short of 443 judges, SC five as vacancies mount

Vacancies in high courts continue to mount with the collegium which made a comeback three months ago yet to recommend fresh names for the posts.

Surveillance of sex offenders on the cards

The minister suggested that the offenders of heinous crimes should be mandated to provide their personal details to the local law enforcement agency on regular basis.

PMO gets file for elevation of Justice Thakur as CJI

The warrant of appointment of Justice TS Thakur as the next Chief Justice of India is set to be issued soon with the Law Ministry on Saturday forwarding the file of his appointment to the Prime Minister's Office.

Plans to turn law panel into permanent body put on hold

A proposal to make the Law Commission into a permanent body has been put on hold  by the Government which has decided to continue with the present system of reconstituting it every three years.

Law panel's 'Death Penalty' report sent to Home Ministry, govt unlikely to support it

The Law Commission's report supporting abolition of death penalty except in terror-related cases has been forwarded to the Home Ministry for a final decision, amid indications that government may not be inclined to support it.

Law panel's 'Death Penalty' report sent to Home Ministry, govt unlikely to support it

The Law Commission's report supporting abolition of death penalty except in terror-related cases has been forwarded to the Home Ministry for a final decision, amid indications that government may not be inclined to support it.

Eight judges retire in a month; vacancies in HCs rise to 392

 At a time when there is no mechanism in place to appoint or elevate judges to the higher judiciary, 8 High Court judges have retired in a month, raising the vacancies from 384 in August to 392 this month.

FSSAI to frame norms for product approval in 6 months

After scrapping product approval process following court orders, including the Maggi case, food safety watchdog FSSAI has invited legal firms to help frame new norms for approvals.

Law Ministry wants action against officials who fail to file timely replies in courts

 Embarrassed by repeated court raps for delays on part of union ministries in filing their replies and affidavits, the Law Ministry has sought "appropriate action" against officials of departments who are negligent in handling such matters.

Arbitration law amendment cleared for speedy disposal of commercial disputes

The amendments to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 came up for discussion before the Cabinet for the third time.

Centre to seek law ministry's view on Mumbai Metro fare row

As the dispute between Maharashtra government and the Reliance-led Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd over the metro fare hike continues, minister of state for home Ranjit Patil today said the Centre had agreed to seek Union Law Ministry's opinion on the demands of the state government.

Arbitration law: Govt not to go for stringent timeline

In the face of stiff opposition, the Law Ministry is learnt to have eased the stringent timeline for the settling of commercial disputes proposed in the amendments to the arbitration law.

One rank, one pension for HC judges: Govt to amend law

Seeking to rectify an anomaly as per which High Court judges selected from the Bar get lesser pension than those elevated from state judicial services, the government plans to bring a bill to amend the law governing their salaries and service conditions.

Money laundering: RBI advised to share banks inspection report

Money laundering: RBI advised to share banks inspection report

The Reserve Bank of India has been advised by the Law Ministry to share extracts of its banks' inspection reports with intelligence and law enforcement agencies to help check money laundering and violations of other banking laws.

125 obsolete laws repealed; 945 more facing axe

Over 120 obsolete laws have been repealed by the Narendra Modi government, while another 945 which have lost relevance are awaiting Parliamentary approval to lose their place in statute books.

Justice Bhosale asked to officiate as CJ of AP-Telangana HC

Even as the higher judicial appointment system is in a limbo, Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale, seniormost judge of the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Court, was on Thursday given the responsibilities of officiating as the Chief Justice of that High Court.

Former Gujarat CS Achal Kumar Jyoti appointed Election Commissioner

Achal Kumar Jyoti, a former Gujarat Chief Secretary, was on Thursday appointed as the Election Commissioner.