The Marriage Act would be amended to provide for mandatory registration of NRIs' marriages within seven days, failing which the passports and visas of the NRIs would be liable to be denied or revoked, the official said.
Introducing a bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament slated for July to amend the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 to overturn the SC order is the second option before the government, the sources said.
According to sources, the ministry cleared the names of Biswajit Basu, Amrita Sinha, Abhijit Gangopadhyay and Jay Sengupta — members of the bar — to be elevated as judges of the HC. The name of Dr Sutanu Kumar Patra was withheld, they said.
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.