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.
The 12 states, while arguing against the abolition of capital punishment, took the line that the penalty serves to act as a deterrent in cases of heinous crimes such as murder and rape.
The original version, dated May 23, 2017, had notified a ban on sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets, triggering an outcry over its effect on trade across the country.
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”.