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The Uttar Pradesh Law Commission on Thursday submitted a report to chief minister Yogi Adityanath proposing a new law to check forcible religious conversions in the state.

UP Law Commission moots legislation to check forcible religious conversions

Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2019 02:50 AM IST
The report, along with draft legislation, suggests provisions for punishment in cases of forcible, coerced, allured religious conversions and the power to the civil court to declare a marriage null and void if it was solemnised for religious conversion as its primary purpose.
It is time to stop discussing hackneyed issues such as filling up vacancies (how many judges do we really need?), tackling the huge number of pending cases (how do you define pendency?), and establishing special courts or fast-track courts (now special fast-track courts and fast-track special courts) and get on with reforms.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
It is time to stop discussing hackneyed issues such as filling up vacancies (how many judges do we really need?), tackling the huge number of pending cases (how do you define pendency?), and establishing special courts or fast-track courts (now special fast-track courts and fast-track special courts) and get on with reforms.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

How to reform India’s judicial system

By Madan Lokur
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2019 06:12 PM IST
Improve district courts, identify pending cases and encourage case and court management
Vice President and chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday called for the need to revisit the anti-defection laws(PTI)
Vice President and chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday called for the need to revisit the anti-defection laws(PTI)

Vice president Venkaiah Naidu calls for revisiting anti-defection law

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2019 11:18 PM IST
Underlining the need to plug loopholes and set time limits for the presiding officers of various legislatures to decide on defection matters in quick time; Naidu said delay in deciding cases of defection in some instances resulted in those subsequently disqualified completing their terms in legislatures.
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan has written to ministers of Law and Justice and Social Justice and Empowerment for amending discriminatory laws.(HT PHOTO.)
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan has written to ministers of Law and Justice and Social Justice and Empowerment for amending discriminatory laws.(HT PHOTO.)

Harsh Vardhan writes to ministers, wants change in laws against Leprosy patients

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 12:12 PM IST
The health minister on Tuesday wrote to the Union minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, and the Union minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot, seeking amendment of the existing 108 discriminatory laws against people affected by leprosy.
PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day.(ANI / Twitter)
PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day.(ANI / Twitter)

PM Modi makes fresh pitch for simultaneous Lok Sabha-Assembly elections

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2019 09:25 AM IST
PM Modi’s 15th August Speech: During his address to the nation on the 73rd Independence Day, he said, “today, India is talking about simultaneous polls which is a good thing.”
Government appoints Law Commission.(HT)
Government appoints Law Commission.(HT)

From the archives of the Hindustan Times: August 6

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2019 06:41 PM IST
The Commission is required also to review the system of judicial administration and suggest improvements so that justice may be both speedy and inexpensive.
People take part in a rally for the Unnao rape victim, New Delhi, July 29(AFP)
People take part in a rally for the Unnao rape victim, New Delhi, July 29(AFP)

It is time to rethink India’s witness testimony process

By Abhinav Sekhri
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2019 07:58 PM IST
Pay more attention to ensure that the initial statements made by persons can be later used as evidence in court
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in one of his first political initiatives after winning a spectacular mandate, convened an all party meeting on Wednesday to deliberate on a pet theme: one nation; one poll(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in one of his first political initiatives after winning a spectacular mandate, convened an all party meeting on Wednesday to deliberate on a pet theme: one nation; one poll(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Can one nation, one poll work?

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2019 07:22 PM IST
Regular elections serve as a democratic feedback system
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre and Law Commission on a petition seeking successive jail terms for persons convicted of offences of terrorism, separatism and corruption. (Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre and Law Commission on a petition seeking successive jail terms for persons convicted of offences of terrorism, separatism and corruption. (Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)

Supreme Court seeks response from Centre on PIL

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2019 12:04 AM IST
Punishment given under the special laws should run consecutively and not concurrently because “cash transactions are the root cause of many evils”, reads the petition.
The Election Commission had been pushing to extend constitutional protection to the election commissioners.(PTI)
The Election Commission had been pushing to extend constitutional protection to the election commissioners.(PTI)

Make false disclosure a ground for disqualification: EC to tell Law Min

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2018 08:45 AM IST
Members of the armed forces, central armed police forces, personnel of state police forces posted outside their state and employees of the Centre posted outside India are eligible to be enrolled as service voters.
Last month, in his final judgment before retiring, Supreme Court Justice Kurien Joseph observed that the time had perhaps come to reconsider the place of the death penalty in the Indian criminal justice system(PTI)
Last month, in his final judgment before retiring, Supreme Court Justice Kurien Joseph observed that the time had perhaps come to reconsider the place of the death penalty in the Indian criminal justice system(PTI)

It is time to rethink the death penalty

By Gautam Bhatia
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2018 08:01 PM IST
it is questionable whether a punishment based solely on retribution has any place in a society that prides itself on being civilised
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is covered under the RTI Act.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is covered under the RTI Act.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Central Information Commission brings BCCI under RTI Act

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2018 08:26 PM IST
The Central Information Commission concluded that the status, nature and functional characteristics of the BCCI fulfil required conditions of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act.
Prime Minister Theresa May was under pressure during the April Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to tender an apology on Britain’s behalf for introducing the homophobic laws in former colonies, but limited herself to expressing “deep regret”.(Reuters File Photo)
Prime Minister Theresa May was under pressure during the April Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to tender an apology on Britain’s behalf for introducing the homophobic laws in former colonies, but limited herself to expressing “deep regret”.(Reuters File Photo)

Deeply regret colonial homophobic law: Theresa May

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 11:21 PM IST
Prime Minister Theresa May was under pressure during the April Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to tender an apology on Britain’s behalf for introducing the homophobic laws in former colonies
According to the report, an electronic voting machine (EVM), which includes a control unit (CU), a ballot unit (BU) and a VVPAT, costs about Rs 33,200.(HT/File Photo)
According to the report, an electronic voting machine (EVM), which includes a control unit (CU), a ballot unit (BU) and a VVPAT, costs about Rs 33,200.(HT/File Photo)

Rs 4,500 crore needed for new EVMs for simultaneous polls: Law Commission

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2018 09:48 PM IST
In its draft report on simultaneous polls, the law panel quoted the Election Commission as saying that as of now, there is a shortfall of about 12.9 lakh ballot units, 9.4 lakh control units and about 12.3 lakh VVPATs if simultaneous elections are to be held.
A cap, of between 50 and 70 lakh rupees of election related expenditure per candidate, exists even today. It is another matter that almost every candidate under-reports this number, making a mockery of the cap(HT)
A cap, of between 50 and 70 lakh rupees of election related expenditure per candidate, exists even today. It is another matter that almost every candidate under-reports this number, making a mockery of the cap(HT)

Have Indian elections become a marketplace?

By Udayan Mukherjee
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2018 04:17 PM IST
The Election Commission is considering imposing a cap on the amount of money a political party can spend on campaigning
A rally against Uniform Civil Code, in Mumbai.(Reuters File Photo)
A rally against Uniform Civil Code, in Mumbai.(Reuters File Photo)

Uniform Civil Code is undesirable, unnecessary: Law commission tells Centre

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2018 07:13 PM IST
The Centre had asked the commission more than two years back to examine if it was time to bring in a uniform code on personal laws of various communities.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) had last month recommended abolition of the practice of confessions in churches, saying the practice could lead to blackmailing of women.(Kartik Wahie/HT file photo)
The National Commission for Women (NCW) had last month recommended abolition of the practice of confessions in churches, saying the practice could lead to blackmailing of women.(Kartik Wahie/HT file photo)

Demands like banning church confessions are knee-jerk reactions, says law panel

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2018 05:33 PM IST
In its consultation paper on ‘Reform of Family Law’ the Law Commission said confessing in itself cannot be a criminal act.
The law panel chairman had earlier said instead of recommending a uniform code, the commission might suggest “piecemeal” changes in personal laws.(Pradeep Gaur/ Mint File Photo)
The law panel chairman had earlier said instead of recommending a uniform code, the commission might suggest “piecemeal” changes in personal laws.(Pradeep Gaur/ Mint File Photo)

Law panel releases consultation paper on personal laws

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2018 02:33 PM IST
Instead of a full-fledged report on a uniform civil code, the law panel preferred a consultation paper as it had little time at hand to bring out a comprehensive report.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar On Tuesday said that ‘one nation, one poll’ was a good idea but not implementable in the forthcoming general elections.(PTI Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar On Tuesday said that ‘one nation, one poll’ was a good idea but not implementable in the forthcoming general elections.(PTI Photo)

‘One nation, one poll’ a good idea but not implementable in 2019 general elections: Nitish

Patna | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 14, 2018 05:09 PM IST
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has spoken in favour of simultaneous polls a number of times in recent times, claiming that it would reduce the expenditure involved in holding elections.
BJP president Amit Shah said various political parties, depending on the likely date of elections, decide on “short-sighted” and “populist” policies which affects governance, while the imposition of the model code of conduct before every election leads to a stop on policy decisions and development activities.(PTI)
BJP president Amit Shah said various political parties, depending on the likely date of elections, decide on “short-sighted” and “populist” policies which affects governance, while the imposition of the model code of conduct before every election leads to a stop on policy decisions and development activities.(PTI)

Amit Shah pitches for one nation, one election in letter to law commission

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 10:26 PM IST
In the five-year term of a Lok Sabha, there are five to seven assembly elections every year, apart from various local bodies, Amit Shah said. This not only leads to pressure on public funds but also diverts attention of officials from ensuring people’s welfare to only managing elections, he added.
Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Anand Sharma met the law commission to articulate the party’s stand on holding simultaneous polls. Singhvi (pictured) made the main presentation.(PTI/File Photo)
Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Anand Sharma met the law commission to articulate the party’s stand on holding simultaneous polls. Singhvi (pictured) made the main presentation.(PTI/File Photo)

Congress tells law commission it is opposed to simultaneous polls

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2018 11:40 PM IST
The Congress is vehemently opposed to the idea of holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections as it is against the basic structure of Indian federalism, the opposition party told the Law Commission on Friday.
BCCI should be accountable to public in general and in public interest, according to Central Information Commission.(AFP)
BCCI should be accountable to public in general and in public interest, according to Central Information Commission.(AFP)

Explain why BCCI should not be under RTI Act: Central Information Commission

PTI, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2018 03:26 PM IST
The matter came before Central Information Commission as Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports did not give a satisfactory response to an RTI applicant, Geeta Rani, who had sought to know the provisions and guidelines under which the BCCI has been representing India and selecting players for the country
A casino in Goa. The law panel has also asked the government to modify the FDI policy and foreign exchange laws to consider allowing FDI in the casino and online gaming industry(HT File)
A casino in Goa. The law panel has also asked the government to modify the FDI policy and foreign exchange laws to consider allowing FDI in the casino and online gaming industry(HT File)

Legalising gambling can help generate jobs, revenue

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2018 10:47 AM IST
The Law Commission of India has recommended deregulation of gambling int he country. But deregulation must be carried out while ensuring that the vulnerable sections of society are protected from exploitation
Those supporting the idea have backed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s argument that simultaneous polls will lead to reduction of election expenses and that parties will not have to be in election mode through the year.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)
Those supporting the idea have backed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s argument that simultaneous polls will lead to reduction of election expenses and that parties will not have to be in election mode through the year.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)

Simultaneous polls finds few takers among opposition parties, Cong stays silent

UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2018 12:04 AM IST
The Samajwadi Party and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi were the only two parties outside of the National Democratic Alliance that supported the idea of a simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly elections.
Both the Congress and BJP skipped the Law Commission’s meet on simultaneous elections.(Arun Mondhe/HT File Photo)
Both the Congress and BJP skipped the Law Commission’s meet on simultaneous elections.(Arun Mondhe/HT File Photo)

BJP, Congress skip law panel meet on simultaneous Lok Sabha, state assembly elections

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jatin Gandhi
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2018 12:26 AM IST
Other parties, including the Trinamool Congress, AIMIM, AIUDF and Goa Forward Party met the Law Commission and have strongly opposed the proposal to hold simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly elections.
The Congress on Friday said the social implications of legalising betting on sports were “enormous.”(Representative Image/© Royalty-Free/CORBIS)
The Congress on Friday said the social implications of legalising betting on sports were “enormous.”(Representative Image/© Royalty-Free/CORBIS)

Social impact of legalising gambling is enormous: Congress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2018 12:07 AM IST
“If you legalise betting on sports, not only will you destroy sports, but turn every ‘paan (betel leaf) shop’ of this country into a gambling den,” said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari.
The law panel report also held that regulating betting and gambling activities would “strike at the underworld’s control over the illegal and unregulated gambling industry”.(AFP File/Representative image)
The law panel report also held that regulating betting and gambling activities would “strike at the underworld’s control over the illegal and unregulated gambling industry”.(AFP File/Representative image)

Legalise gambling and betting on sports to help generate revenue, jobs: Law panel

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jatin Gandhi
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2018 12:07 AM IST
The Law Commission of India, which submitted its report to law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, said that as it was not possible to completely prevent these activities, “effective regulation” seemed to be the only viable option.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik said simultaneous elections will be beneficial to the people.(PTI)
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik said simultaneous elections will be beneficial to the people.(PTI)

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik supports PM Modi’s call for simultaneous elections

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2018 11:23 AM IST
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik said having elections throughout the year disturbs the working process and impedes development.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the fourth meeting of the governing council of NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on Sunday.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the fourth meeting of the governing council of NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on Sunday.(PTI)

At NITI Aayog meet, PM Modi pitches for debate on simultaneous polls once again

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2018 11:33 PM IST
PM Modi was addressing the fourth meeting of the governing council of the federal think tank NITI Aayog that was attended by 23 chief ministers and one Lieutenant Governor, and also by several Union ministers who are members of the council.
An election officer closes an electronic voting machine at the end of polls at a polling station in Bangalore on May 12, 2018.(AP Photo)
An election officer closes an electronic voting machine at the end of polls at a polling station in Bangalore on May 12, 2018.(AP Photo)

Political parties ignore law panel’s request for views on simultaneous Lok Sabha, state elections

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Jatin Gandhi
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2018 12:09 AM IST
Political parties, including the BJP, which proposed the idea, did not respond to the Law Commission’s request for suggestions on holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and state elections
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