Topic: Law [50 items]

Supreme Court strikes down amended Finance Act rules

On 13 Nov, the Supreme Court struck down rules in the amended Finance Act 2017 on tribunals and directed the government to reformulate fresh norms with respect to appointment of tribunal members.  The apex court directed that appointment in tribunals should be in accordance with respective statutes. The apex court’s decision was based on a ..

Injeti Srinivas Committee to look into offences under the Companies Act

The government has constituted a committee under Injeti Srinivas, secretary of the Corporate Affairs Ministry to look at recategorization of certain offences under the Companies Act as civil offences as well as review other provisions of the Companies Act and the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2008. Mandate of the Committee The committee will look into ..

Farooq Abdullah detained under the Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act

Former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah was detained under the State’s Public Safety Act in the Jammu and Kashmir. How the law came into being? The Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act was introduced by Sheikh Abdullah (Farooq Abdullah’s father) in 1978. It was introduced to prevent timber smuggling, and keep the smugglers ..

Government has failed to bring in Uniform Civil Code: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court said the Constitution framers had hoped for a uniform set of rules but the nation has still not endeavoured to secure for its citizens a Uniform Civil Code. The judgment by the Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose observed that the government has till date has taken no action. The ..

Foreigners’ Tribunals are likely to be functional from October 1 in Assam

The 200 new Foreigners Tribunals are expected to be functional from October 1 as the government has cleared the decks by appointing  221 practising lawyers and retired civil servants and judicial officers as members of the tribunals. Why the move has assumed significance? Assam had 100 such tribunals. The backlog of over two lakh cases ..

Reforming the Law Commission

The Law Commission of India is a non-constitutional, non-statutory body constituted by the Government of India from time to time. It was originally constituted in 1955 and is re-constituted every three years. Colonial Legacy The Law Commission’s origin can be traced to British times. When the British rulers unified the three presidencies of Madras, Bombay ..

Post Retirement Jobs of Judges: Conflict of Interest

The appointment Justice Sunil Gaur, the retired Delhi High Court judge who delivered judgments in the cases which the opposition criticized as political witch-hunt as stirred up a new controversy. Other Similar Controversies Earlier this year in January 2019 Justice AK Sikri was forced to turn down an offer from the government to nominate him to ..

Reforming Restrictive Tenancy Laws

It is widely accepted that transforming agriculture in the medium to long-run requires fundamental reforms in land institutions as well. But the terms of reference of the High Powered Committee of Chief Ministers for Transformation of Indian Agriculture not include land reforms. It has to be noted that during its first term the government headed ..