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Law Commission is working on Criminal Law Reforms including decriminalization of some Offences and introducing some Offences such as those relating to mass-scale communal violence; Justice AP Shah, Chairman Law Commission of India

Law Commission is working on Criminal Law Reforms including decriminalization of some Offences and introducing some Offences such as those relating to mass-scale communal violence; Justice AP Shah, Chairman Law Commission of India

Justice (Retd.) Ajit Prakash Shah is the Chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India. He was the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court from May 2008 till his retirement in February 2010. Justice Shah has delivered several landmark judgments during his tenure ranging on diverse issues such as Application of the Right to Information Act to the Office of the Chief Justice of India; Decriminalization of homosexuality; Freedom of speech and expression; Environment and ecological matters; Protection of disabled persons; Laws relating to women; Contract labour; Child Labour; Employment rights of HIV affected persons etc. In 2011, Justice Shah was appointed the Chairperson of Broadcasting Content …

Sanction for referring a Complaint (against public servant)for investigation under S.156(3) of the CrPC – Anil Kumar’s Case [(2013)10 SCC 705] is per-incurium

Sanction for referring a Complaint (against public servant)for investigation under S.156(3) of the CrPC – Anil Kumar’s Case [(2013)10 SCC 705] is per-incurium

"Be you ever so high, the law is above you. Investigation into every accusation made against each and every person on a reasonable basis, irrespective of the position and status of that person, must be conducted and completed expeditiously”. [Vineet Narain Vs. Union of India AIR 1998 SC 889 ; (1998) 1 SCC 226]. A two Judge Bench of Supreme Court in Anil Kumar and Others v. M. K. Aiyappa and Another [2013 (10)SCC 705 ] held that a Special Judge / Magistrate cannot refer a Complaint for investigation under S.156(3) of the CrPC against a Public Servant without a valid sanction order from the Government. The Bench was considering the question whether the Special Judge/Magistrate is justified …

Enacting the Judicial Appointment Commission without consulting the Supreme Court may lead to a Constitutional crisis; Prof. Upendra Baxi

Enacting the Judicial Appointment Commission without consulting the Supreme Court may lead to a Constitutional crisis; Prof. Upendra Baxi

Professor Upendra Baxi, since 1996 Professor of Law in Development, University of Warwick, served as Professor of Law, University of Delhi (1973-1996) and as its Vice Chancellor (1990-1994). He has also served as: Vice Chancellor, University of South Gujarat, Surat (1982-1985), Honorary Director (Research) The Indian Law Institute (1985-1988). He was the President of the Indian Society of International Law (1992-1995). Professor Baxi graduated from Rajkot (Gujarat University). He read law in University of Bombay, and holds LLM degrees from University of Bombay and University of California at Berkeley, which also awarded him with a Doctorate in Juristic Sciences. He has been awarded …

High Courts of the country enter 2015 with 35% vacancies; Allahabad HC functioning with 50% of approved strength of Judges

High Courts of the country enter 2015 with 35% vacancies; Allahabad HC functioning with 50% of approved strength of Judges

Vacancies in the High Courts all over India have been a major attribute of the ever mounting backlog of cases. As on 1st January, 2015, there are a total of 345 vacancies in the 24 High Courts across the country, being a clear indicator of the lack of manpower in the sentinels of justice across the country. The following graph shows the approved strength, the working strength and the vacancies in the High Courts across the country:   A perusal of the graph will show that Allahabad High Court has the largest number of vacancies, standing at 80. Allahabad High Court hence, is just working at half its strength presently, thereby accounting for the maximum pendency of civil and criminal …

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