Chief Information Commissioner R K Mathur, however, refused to intervene in the matter, saying the response of the ministry was satisfactory.
Law Ministry quoted a 1961 Presidential Order that blocks the hiring of a third party consultant to examine and interpret domestic laws, bilateral and multilateral treaties, or to advise ministries on probable changes in laws, regulations and circulars.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s letter to his cabinet colleagues and chief ministers came at a time when Centre is working to bring out a national litigation policy since 2010. Several states have already adopted their separate litigation policies.
The EC has written to the Law Ministry seeking powers to act against such mudslingers via amendments to the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. The Commission, The Indian Express has learnt, seeks to punish those who act in disobedience with discourtesy in respect to the panel’s authority.
Of the 47,000 cases, 17,000 were settled at the pre-litigation stage through mediation. As of now, the mediation process is mostly used to settle marital disputes, but the new legislation could encourage landlord-tenant settlements and industrial disputes.
The Supreme Court had late last year asked the government to draft a fresh MoP in consultation with states and high courts.
HRD officials said a government servant is paid from the civil estimates of the government, and an assistant professor or professor of a university does not fit in this category.
The highlight of the session will be an interactive session with Shanmugam, said the think tank at the National University of Singapore.
The Law Ministry has recently sent a 10-page note to the Section, enumerating various flaws and deliberate omissions which are adversely affecting the government’s cases in the top court.
On May 20, the Law Ministry forwarded Neeraj Gunde’s complaint to the Principal Private Secretary of the Chief Justice of India for “action as appropriate”.
The exercise is meant to assess whether some of them can be clubbed together or even done away with.
Section 498A was introduced in early eighties to protect married women from being subjected to cruelty.
There have been demands to rename the high courts as Mumbai High Court and Chennai High Court.
Reports of several commissions and committees on electoral reforms were being considered by the law panel, said Gowda.
Gowda also said reducing the number of litigations by government agencies and weeding out obsolete laws would be his priority.