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Railways biggest government litigant with over 66,000 cases, says Law Ministry

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.

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Election Commission seeks powers against contempt, here is a look at these laws in other countries

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.

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Government mulls new law on out-of-court settlements

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.

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Appointment of judges: PMO asks Law Ministry to finalise MoP

The Supreme Court had late last year asked the government to draft a fresh MoP in consultation with states and high courts.

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Asst prof’s post not office of profit, MP can retain job: House panel

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.

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Singapore Foreign Minister to address symposium in India

The highlight of the session will be an interactive session with Shanmugam, said the think tank at the National University of Singapore.

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Law Ministry pulls up dept that looks after govt litigation

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.

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Lalit Modi ‘email dirt’ sent to government in February, Law Ministry forwarded to CJI last month

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”.

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Law Ministry reviews tribunals and appellate bodies on PMO request

The exercise is meant to assess whether some of them can be clubbed together or even done away with.

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Government plans to amend anti-dowry harassment law

Section 498A was introduced in early eighties to protect married women from being subjected to cruelty.

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Bill planned to rename Madras, Bombay high courts

There have been demands to rename the high courts as Mumbai High Court and Chennai High Court.

Radical changes to be made in electoral system: Sadananda Gowda

Reports of several commissions and committees on electoral reforms were being considered by the law panel, said Gowda.

Reducing friction with judiciary my priority: Sadananda Gowda

Gowda also said reducing the number of litigations by government agencies and weeding out obsolete laws would be his priority.

Centre identifies 287 more outdated laws to repeal

Law Ministry also plans to junk 700 Appropriation Acts.

Modi government prepares bill to repeal 36 archaic laws

This is the first time since 2001 that such an exercise is being undertaken by the Law Ministry.