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Govt considering electoral roll-Aadhaar card link to curb duplication, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

-The Indian Express The minister said that the proposal would require amendments to existing laws and is “under the consideration of the government.” The government is considering a proposal to link electoral roll with Aadhaar with a view to “curb the menace of multiple enrolment of the same person at different places”, Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad informed Lok Sabha in a written reply on Wednesday. “Electoral roll database system...

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Centre tells Supreme Court that convicted legislators cannot be barred for life from contesting polls

-The Hindu Affidavit says that legislators are not bound by specific service conditions like that of government employees. The Central government has told the Supreme Court that it rejected the idea of barring convicted legislators for life from contesting elections, forming or becoming an office-bearer of a political party. The Union Ministry of Law and Justice said an elected representative of the people cannot be equated with public servants who are banned for...

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Over one-third of judges’ posts lie vacant in 12 high courts. So much for collegiums -Arvind Kumar

-ThePrint.in Bihar, one of India’s most populous states, has the highest judges’ vacancy in its high court. That says a lot about India’s ability to render timely justice. The number of pending cases in India’s higher judiciary and the number of vacancies in the Supreme Court and the high courts have been simultaneously increasing. The number of pending cases, which is directly related to the judge-to-population ratio, is an important tool to...

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Law Ministry did not consult any Ministry, Department on Triple Talaq Bill -Dheeraj Mishra

-TheWire.in This falls foul of the earlier legislative consultation policy issued by the same ministry, which states that any bill should first be sent to the concerned ministry or department and their comments should be included in the cabinet note. New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Law and Justice gave its approval to the Triple Talaq Bill last year without consulting concerned ministries, departments or any state government on it, documents obtained...

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The hard realities of India's fast-track courts -Arunav Kaul

-The Hindu Many of them are understaffed and under-resourced Fast-track courts are in the limelight yet again. Smriti Irani, Minister for Women and Child Development, informed the Rajya Sabha that the government has proposed to set up 1,023 fast-track courts to clear the cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court in a suo motu petition had issued directions, stating that districts...

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