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Govt says no to legalising euthanasia

Minister of State for Law and Justice says, "Till date law has not permitted it and application will not be entertained."
None | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 31, 2006 05:29 PM IST

The government on Monday said it had no plans to give legal status to euthanasia or "mercy killing" and would not consider any such application.

"Government is not considering to give legal status to euthanasia. Till date law has not permitted it and application for the same cannot be entertained," Minister of State for Law and Justice K Venkatapathy said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

To another question on whether the government was formulating a transfer policy for judges, he said the Committee on Law and Justice had advocated the role of government in their appointments and transfer.

The transfer of judges from one court to another is currently made under Article 222 of the Constitution, pursuant to an 1993 apex court judgement and a 1998 advisory opinion.

The process of initiation on the transfer lay with the Chief Justice of India, whose opinion is determinative, he said.

In a separate written reply, Law and Justice Minister HR Bhardwaj said the Election Commission had proposed that its Model Code of Conduct (MCC) be given statutory backing, but withdrew the proposal later.

"In 1992, the Commission proposed that the MCC be given a statutory backing. In reconsideration, on the basis of its experience, the Commission, in 1998 informed that there was no need to convert the MCC into statute," he said.

There is no further change in the Commission's views at present, he said when asked what had been done by the government on such a proposal.

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