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Seeking to boost the capability of the lower judiciary to hear cases online, funds have been released to set up “video conference cabins” in 2,506 court complexes across India.(HT Archive)

Covid-19: Law ministry provided courts with infrastructure to go virtual

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 03:57 PM IST
As part of its push to improve India’s ranking in the ease of doing business, the ministry also brought in an ordinance to amend the arbitration law.
Personnel uses a thermal screening device on a driver at the entrance of Shastri Bhawan as central government offices have resumed working during the ongoing nationwide lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic.(ANI File Photo)
Personnel uses a thermal screening device on a driver at the entrance of Shastri Bhawan as central government offices have resumed working during the ongoing nationwide lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic.(ANI File Photo)

Ministries sanitise as employees test Covid-19 positive

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amandeep Shukla
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 06:48 AM IST
As employees in several ministries have tested positive for the coronavirus disease, ministries are trying to take steps to control the spread of the pandemic by calling fewer staff, ensuring social distancing, and regular sanitization.
Gate number 1 and 2 which the officer was using have also been closed, along with the corresponding lifts, for disinfecting and will remain closed till Wednesday.
Gate number 1 and 2 which the officer was using have also been closed, along with the corresponding lifts, for disinfecting and will remain closed till Wednesday.

Shastri Bhawan partially sealed after law ministry official tests Covid-19 +ve

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 01:05 PM IST
The senior official in the department of legal affairs who is now positive had last attended office on April 23.
Election Commission of India (ECI) held discussions on Tuesday with the legislative affairs wing of the Union law ministry and made a fresh push for electoral reforms(ANI Photo)
Election Commission of India (ECI) held discussions on Tuesday with the legislative affairs wing of the Union law ministry and made a fresh push for electoral reforms(ANI Photo)

EC for making paid news poll offence

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 12:34 AM IST
Top ECI officials also urged legislative secretary G Narayan Raju to make suitable changes in the law to link voters list or electoral rolls with Aadhaar numbers. Such linking, ECI officials say, will eradicate duplicate entries.
The Chief election commission nominated Sushil Chandra upon the request of legislative department of the law ministry to take forward the exercise of setting up the commission.(ANI File Photo)
The Chief election commission nominated Sushil Chandra upon the request of legislative department of the law ministry to take forward the exercise of setting up the commission.(ANI File Photo)

Election commissioner Sushil Chandra named in Jammu and Kashmir delimitation panel

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2020 04:13 AM IST
The proposed Delimitation Commission will redraw assembly constituencies in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The commission is likely to be set up by the home ministry.
TMC leader Prasun Banerjee was among the four leaders, who were members of the previous Lok Sabha, the CBI initially sought sanction to prosecute.(Samir Jana/HT File Photo)
TMC leader Prasun Banerjee was among the four leaders, who were members of the previous Lok Sabha, the CBI initially sought sanction to prosecute.(Samir Jana/HT File Photo)

In Narada case, law ministry’s opinion over action on TMC MPs sought

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji and Neeraj Chauhan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2020 01:42 AM IST
Lok Sabha officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that within a few weeks of receiving the CBI’s request, the Speaker’s office had sent the file to the law ministry seeking legal opinion on the matter.
enior priest Mahant Raju Das of Hanuman Garhi Mandir and a local Muslim leader Babloo Khan at Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas in Ayodhya on Sunday. On Saturday, the Supreme Court paved the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.(PTI File Photo)
enior priest Mahant Raju Das of Hanuman Garhi Mandir and a local Muslim leader Babloo Khan at Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas in Ayodhya on Sunday. On Saturday, the Supreme Court paved the way for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.(PTI File Photo)

Law ministry, Attorney General to weigh in on Ayodhya temple trust

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Lucknow | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2019 05:48 AM IST
In its Saturday ruling, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition the Nyas, a trust came into existence in 1985, but Das said after the ruling that he was happy about that order that paved the way for a Ram temple on the disputed 2.77-acre plot in Ayodhya.
The Election Commission of India (ECI), the poll watchdog, is making a renewed effort to get the law ministry to approve measures to give it more teeth by empowering it to deregister political parties and bar contestants from running for election to two seats(ANI Photo)
The Election Commission of India (ECI), the poll watchdog, is making a renewed effort to get the law ministry to approve measures to give it more teeth by empowering it to deregister political parties and bar contestants from running for election to two seats(ANI Photo)

Election Commission to approach government for more power

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 11:58 PM IST
The ECI also wants the facility of casting votes through postal ballots to be extended to people engaged in essential services, which will be identified on the basis of the nature of the services they provide.
Justice Nath, who obtained a law degree in 1986, enrolled himself as a practising lawyer in Allahabad in March 1987. He was appointed an additional judge of the Allahabad High Court in 2004 and was elevated to the post of a permanent judge in 2006
Justice Nath, who obtained a law degree in 1986, enrolled himself as a practising lawyer in Allahabad in March 1987. He was appointed an additional judge of the Allahabad High Court in 2004 and was elevated to the post of a permanent judge in 2006

Justice Vikram Nath is the new Gujarat High Court Chief Justice

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amandeep Shukla
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2019 09:13 PM IST
A notification released by the law ministry on Sunday confirmed Justice Nath’s appointment “with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office”.
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a public interest petition (PIL) seeking new guidelines to protect the identities of persons accused of sexual harassment or assault, issuing notices to the government for its view on the demand.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a public interest petition (PIL) seeking new guidelines to protect the identities of persons accused of sexual harassment or assault, issuing notices to the government for its view on the demand.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court to decide if accused in sex offences can stay unnamed

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2019 07:26 AM IST
Demands for such curbs have been made several times, most prominently in the aftermath of a suicide by a senior Genpact employee in December.
The court had rejected Musharraf’s plea for the adjournment of the hearing on medical grounds and decided to conclude the trial even in his absence.(HT Photo)
The court had rejected Musharraf’s plea for the adjournment of the hearing on medical grounds and decided to conclude the trial even in his absence.(HT Photo)

No lawyer willing to represent Musharraf, treason hearing deferred: Report

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 12:55 PM IST
On June 12, the court had rejected Musharraf’s plea for the adjournment of the hearing on medical grounds and decided to conclude the trial even in his absence.
The Collegium had made the recommendation on May 10, foreseeing a vacancy in the Madhya Pradesh high court on June 9.(HT Photo)
The Collegium had made the recommendation on May 10, foreseeing a vacancy in the Madhya Pradesh high court on June 9.(HT Photo)

Government defends appointment of Madhya Pradesh High Court acting chief justice

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ashok Bagriya and Amandeep Shukla
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2019 07:30 AM IST
A senior law ministry official clarified on condition of anonymity that the Collegium’s recommendation on justice Kureshi was still under consideration by the government.
As a rule, any legislation is read at every stage not just in the law ministry, but also in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats. A former civil servant reckoned that the mistake must have crept in at the stage of printing.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
As a rule, any legislation is read at every stage not just in the law ministry, but also in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats. A former civil servant reckoned that the mistake must have crept in at the stage of printing.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

After 7 years, Centre fixes spelling mistakes in law

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amandeep Shukla
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 07:42 AM IST
On May 22, the legislative department of the Union ministry of law and justice issued a corrigenda correcting the errors in the Constitution (Ninety Seventh Amendment) Act of 2011.
The 122-year-old Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, which granted sweeping powers to town administrators and district collectors under colonial India to control epidemics, is in the process of being revoked.(Representative Image/AP File Photo)
The 122-year-old Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, which granted sweeping powers to town administrators and district collectors under colonial India to control epidemics, is in the process of being revoked.(Representative Image/AP File Photo)

122-year-old Epidemic Diseases Act to be replaced with new legislation

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Nozia Sayyed
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2019 02:51 PM IST
A research paper in the 2016 edition of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics noted that the Epidemic Diseases Act has major limitations in the current scenario “as it is outdated, merely regulatory and not rights-based, and lacks a focus on people”.
The Uttar Pradesh government has defended the Allahabad High Court’s order upholding the state government’s decision to decline sanction to prosecute chief minister Yogi Adityanath in a 12-year-old hate speech case.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
The Uttar Pradesh government has defended the Allahabad High Court’s order upholding the state government’s decision to decline sanction to prosecute chief minister Yogi Adityanath in a 12-year-old hate speech case.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

Uttar Pradesh justifies decision not to prosecute Yogi Adityanath in hate speech

New Delhi | By HT Corres
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2019 11:22 PM IST
The state justified the move before the Supreme Court, saying it was based on an opinion given by the law ministry. The video, based on which the complaint was filed was tampered with, read the UP government’s affidavit.
The Supreme Court was hearing a contempt petition filed by a Lucknow-based activisit group, Lok Prahari, which also filed the public interest litigation on which the 2018 February judgement was given.(File Photo)
The Supreme Court was hearing a contempt petition filed by a Lucknow-based activisit group, Lok Prahari, which also filed the public interest litigation on which the 2018 February judgement was given.(File Photo)

Supreme Court asks Centre to list steps taken on electoral reforms

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2019 04:41 AM IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre for details of the steps it has taken to implement directions on electoral reforms issued by the court in February last year, including one on the creation of a permanent mechanism to monitor the wealth of sitting lawmakers.
People stand in queue to file their IT returns on last day of financial year outside Income Tax office at BKC, Bandra. Image for representation.(Hindustan Times file photo)
People stand in queue to file their IT returns on last day of financial year outside Income Tax office at BKC, Bandra. Image for representation.(Hindustan Times file photo)

Soon, candidates contesting all forthcoming elections will have to show I-T returns of kin

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2019 07:52 AM IST
Candidates contesting all forthcoming elections will not only have to declare their income-tax returns of the last five years, offshore assets and PAN details, but also those of their spouses and family members, the government has announced.
The government came in for some kind words from Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on Friday over the appointment of judges to the higher judiciary.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The government came in for some kind words from Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on Friday over the appointment of judges to the higher judiciary.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Delay in judges’ appointment not due to Centre, says CJI Ranjan Gogoi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2019 10:33 PM IST
According to the figures of the law ministry, as on Feburary 1, 2019, the vacancies in high courts stood at 400 posts against a sanctioned strength of 1,079.
British Union flags fly in front of The Houses of Parliament in London. British Prime Minister Theresa May launched a mission to resuscitate her rejected European Union Brexit divorce deal, setting out plans to get it approved by Parliament.(AP Photo)
British Union flags fly in front of The Houses of Parliament in London. British Prime Minister Theresa May launched a mission to resuscitate her rejected European Union Brexit divorce deal, setting out plans to get it approved by Parliament.(AP Photo)

Law ministry flags concerns over India’s trade interests post-Brexit

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2019 07:13 AM IST
The government’s legal experts have said that Brexit could restrict Indian companies’ access to the EU through the UK.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the discussion on Rafale issue at Parliament in New Delhi, Wednesday(PTI)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the discussion on Rafale issue at Parliament in New Delhi, Wednesday(PTI)

On Rafale, Rahul Gandhi hurls 5Qs at Modi government, dares Nirmala Sitharaman to answer

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2019 06:13 PM IST
On Rafale deal row, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is expected to respond to the debate in parliament today.
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.
The SC was told that the failure to clear the surface transport ministry’s file is one of the reasons why the Environment Protection Control Authority (EPCA) could not stop private diesel vehicles from plying in Delhi when pollution levels reached the ‘severe’ category.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The SC was told that the failure to clear the surface transport ministry’s file is one of the reasons why the Environment Protection Control Authority (EPCA) could not stop private diesel vehicles from plying in Delhi when pollution levels reached the ‘severe’ category.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

SC pulls up law ministry for sitting on plan for fuel stickers on private cars

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2018 01:08 PM IST
According to the advocate assisting the SC in the matter, the law ministry officials had not taken a decision on MORTH’s proposal since August 13, when the transport ministry had received the top court’s approval for the plan.
The clarification came even as lawyers at Gujarat high court went on an indefinite strike to oppose justice Akil Kureshi’s transfer to Maharashtra, where he will be the fifth senior-most judge.(Getty Images/Picture for representation)
The clarification came even as lawyers at Gujarat high court went on an indefinite strike to oppose justice Akil Kureshi’s transfer to Maharashtra, where he will be the fifth senior-most judge.(Getty Images/Picture for representation)

Akil Kureshi to be acting chief justice of Gujarat high court till his transfer

New Delhi/Ahmedabad | By HT Correspondents
PUBLISHED ON NOV 03, 2018 10:43 AM IST
Gujarat high court judge Akil Kureshi will hold the charge of acting chief justice till he is transferred to the Bombay high court, chief justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said.
A general view of Election Commission of India building in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
A general view of Election Commission of India building in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Slash cap on anonymous donations to parties from Rs 20,000 to Rs 2000: Election Commission asks govt

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2018 11:34 PM IST
There is no constitutional or statutory prohibition on receipt of anonymous donations by political parties. But there is an “indirect partial ban” on anonymous donations through the requirement of declaration of donations under Section 29C of The Representation of the People Act.
The law ministry has endorsed a proposal of the Women and Child Development Ministry to remove the time limit for reporting child sexual abuse, women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi said Tuesday.(AFP File Photo)
The law ministry has endorsed a proposal of the Women and Child Development Ministry to remove the time limit for reporting child sexual abuse, women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi said Tuesday.(AFP File Photo)

Law ministry lifts time limit for child abuse victims to file case

New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2018 11:23 PM IST
Under section 468 of the code of criminal procedure (CrPC), any offence, including child abuse, which can lead to a prison term of three years has to be reported within three years of the incident.
Political parties are demanding increased participation of women in electoral politics.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Political parties are demanding increased participation of women in electoral politics.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Election Commission to seek law ministry’s suggestion on poll spends

New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2018 07:15 AM IST
These suggestions were received at an all-party meeting held in August, and will first be discussed at a meeting of the commission in the coming week, the officials said.
Justice Surya Kant(HT File)
Justice Surya Kant(HT File)

Justice Surya Kant appointed as the chief justice of Himachal HC

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2018 09:10 AM IST
On January 10, the collegium had recommended the name of Justice Kant, a judge of the Punjab and Haryana HC, for the post.
A study by the election watchdog, Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), released in July showed 21% or 1,024 lawmakers in the country have declared that they are facing serious criminal charges.(Reuters/Picture for representation)
A study by the election watchdog, Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), released in July showed 21% or 1,024 lawmakers in the country have declared that they are facing serious criminal charges.(Reuters/Picture for representation)

SC should have passed order on netas facing charges, say former election commissioners

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2018 09:50 PM IST
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court said it was up to Parliament to pass a law to ensure those facing criminal charges do not enter politics. The court did ask for adequate disclosure of these charges, but the activists and former election officials would have liked more.
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has urged Odisha Chief Justice KS Jhaveri to accelerate the process of appointing judges, especially in lower rungs of the judiciary, calling it a generally “urgent” issue.(AP/File Photo)
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has urged Odisha Chief Justice KS Jhaveri to accelerate the process of appointing judges, especially in lower rungs of the judiciary, calling it a generally “urgent” issue.(AP/File Photo)

To cut judicial backlog, law minister urges Odisha chief justice to speed up hiring of judges

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2018 07:05 AM IST
Until August 14, 2018, there were 27.6 million cases pending in subordinate courts across India. The law ministry has increased the sanctioned strength of judges in district and lower courts from 19,518 judges (in 2013) to 22,444 at present.
A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India.(HT File Photo)
A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India.(HT File Photo)

Digital push to bring lower courts online as part of SC’s e-courts project

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2018 11:28 PM IST
The e-courts programme seeks to enable litigants to track their case status, access ‘cause lists’, daily orders as well as verdicts online. A ‘cause list’ is a schedule of cases to be heard by a court
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