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July 16, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Gokhale’s wishlist

40 years ago today.

By: Editorial | July 16, 2016 6:11:21 am
40-years-759 Among other things these amendments aim at vesting the Supreme Court with direct administrative control high courts

Gokhale’s wishlist

Law MINISTER H.R. Gokhale proposed a series of constitutional amendments which when enacted will have a far-reaching impact on the country’s judicial system. Among other things these amendments aim at vesting the Supreme Court with direct administrative control high courts, setting up an all-India judicial service, bringing the administration of justice on the concurrent list and empowering the apex court to withdraw cases from high courts.

Cow panel report

After years of labour, countrywide tours and collection of a pile of evidence, the Cow Protection Committee was to submit an interim report to the government. The report was expected to suggest appropriate steps for the protection of cows, bulls and bullocks. The committee was appointed nine years ago with Justice A.K. Sarkar as its chairman, to consider the cow protection question in all its constitutional, legal and economic  aspects. Later, its chairmanship passed on to Justice G.K. Mitter. As many as 16 states and Union territories have already enacted laws providing for a complete ban on cow slaughter. In three states there is partial ban. In five or six other states and Union territories, there is no legal ban, but cows and its offspring are not slaughtered as a result of local orders or tradition.

Embassy in Pakistan

If relations with Pakistan keep on improving, India may soon plan construction of its own embassy building. It already owns a large plot of land in the new capital complex of Islamabad. Finding suitable accommodation to house the embassy and its staff in Islamabad is the first priority of the seven-member team, headed by M.I. Fergusan who will be the head of the chancellery, which has gone to Islamabad. India owns several buildings in Karachi, which have remained untenanted since December 1971 when Pakistan broke of relations with India.

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