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Kapil Sibal takes over law ministry

After taking charge as the new law minister on Monday, Kapil Sibal said his main priorities include putting in place a transparent system for the appointment of judges and creation of legal processes which do not hinder the country’s economic growth.

delhi Updated: May 14, 2013 00:10 IST
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After taking charge as the new law minister on Monday, Kapil Sibal said his main priorities include putting in place a transparent system for the appointment of judges and creation of legal processes which do not hinder the country’s economic growth.

“Legal processes and procedures should not be an impediment to economic growth, but must fuel it,” Sibal said.

On the appointment of judges, the minister said: “Appointments to the higher judiciary must be through transparent processes which ensure that persons of impeccable integrity and high competence are appointed to these positions.” Sibal stressed on “structural judicial reforms”, which according to him can be brought through institutional dialogue and understanding.

Law ministry sources said the simplification of legal procedures for making them people friendly and investment friendly did not depend solely on new laws to be enacted by parliament. Innovative methods like framing of rules when concerned ministries agree could be one of the options to be explored.

Ministry sources said the broad objectives spelt out by the minister will be divided into long term and short term objectives, like the pending proposal to replace the existing system for the appointment of judges can only be done by passing a bill to amend the constitution, which will only be possible “if the opposition plays ball.”

Ministry sources also point out that it is not possible for central government to fill up the vacancies of judges in 24 high courts across the country, without the support of the states.