Law Ministry: News

19 Aug 2023

DY Chandrachud

Supreme Court's question to Centre on decriminalizing teenage sex 

The Supreme Court has sought the Centre's response on a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the legitimacy of rape laws criminalizing consensual sex between under-18 girls and boys aged above 18, PTI reported.

15 Mar 2023

Bar Council of India

BCI allows foreign lawyers to practice in India; conditions apply

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has approved foreign lawyers and law firms to practice in India, according to The Indian Express.

05 Mar 2023

Kiren Rijiju

Attempts being made to indicate Indian democracy in crisis: Rijiju

Union Law and Justice Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kiren Rijiju on Saturday claimed that calibrated attempts were being made to suggest to the world that the democracy and judicial system in India are currently in a state of crisis.

Supreme Court gets 5 new judges, CJI Chandrachud administers oath

Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud on Monday administered the oath of office to the five judges newly elevated to the Supreme Court. The top court's working strength has now reached 32, while the maximum number is 34.

18 Jan 2023

Law School

CLAT 2023: First provisional seat allotment list announced; check here

The Consortium of National Law University has released the first provisional allotment list of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2023.

16 Jan 2023

Kiren Rijiju

SC Collegium should include government representatives: Kiren Rijiju to CJI

Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju has reportedly written a letter to Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud suggesting that the Supreme Court Collegium, which appoints the judges, should include central government representatives.

30 Nov 2022

Central Government

It's Centre v/s SC collegium after govt returns 19 recommendations

The Central government has returned 19 of the 21 names recommended by the Supreme Court collegium for the appointment of High Court justices, The Indian Express reported.

Centre asks CJI Lalit to name successor; Justice Chandrachud frontrunner

Chief Justice of India (CJI) Uday Umesh Lalit has been asked by the government to name his successor as he is set to retire on November 8.

19 Jun 2022

Aadhaar Card

Centre issues notification on linking Aadhaar with voter ID

According to an official notification from the Ministry of Law and Justice, the central government has notified the rules permitting the integration of Aadhaar numbers with voter IDs.

13 Jun 2022


ECI sends 6 proposals to Centre seeking many electoral reforms

Rajiv Kumar—who took office as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India last month—has requested the Law Ministry to issue a notification for linking voters' Aadhaar with voter IDs, reported The Indian Express.

01 Dec 2020

West Bengal

EC wants NRIs to vote through postal ballots, approaches government

The Election Commission is willing to extend the option of postal ballot voting to non-resident Indians (NRIs) and has approached the government for the same, Indian Express reported on Tuesday.

04 Jun 2020

Rajnath Singh

Defense secretary tests coronavirus positive, part of South Block sealed

Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar tested positive for coronavirus and is quarantining at his home, reports said. The 1985-batch IAS officer is the first top bureaucrat to have contracted COVID-19.

Soon, accused to get 5-year-jail for possessing child-porn, no bail

The new proposed amendments in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) plan to crack down on child pornography.

08 Oct 2018


Maneka insists on no age-limit to report child sexual abuse

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi today said she has asked the Law Ministry to not keep any age limit to report child sexual abuse, allowing people to complain about what has happened to them even "10-15 years later".

24 Aug 2018


Video-conference-facility available in 929 courts, jails yet to match up

As many as 929 District Courts under 24 High Courts of India have been equipped with video-conference facility for speedy trial in cases in which the accused are lodged in different jails, whereas the corresponding number of prisons having similar provision is far less, Law Ministry data said.

13 May 2018


Government to set up DNA databanks at national, state level

DNA databanks will be set up at national and state levels to store DNA profiles, and those who leak the information stored in such facilities will be punished with an upto three years' jail term or upto Rs. 1L fine, according to a draft bill on DNA technology being finalized by Law Ministry.

06 May 2018


Expenditure on court cases goes up over Rs. 40 crore

The expenditure incurred by the government in contesting cases in the Supreme Court has gone up from nearly Rs. 11 crore in 2011-12 to Rs. 42.40 crore in 2017-18, Law Ministry data shows.

Indu Malhotra becomes SC judge while KM Joseph remains on-hold

The government and judiciary are heading towards a fresh row; yesterday, in an unusual move, it cleared one name recommended by the collegium, keeping the other on hold.

SC collegium, law ministry spar over appointment of judges

Legal experts have cautioned the government against accepting one of the recommendations of the SC collegium for elevation to the apex court while keeping the other one on hold.

There are only 73 women judges in Indian High Courts

The Law Ministry informed the Lok Sabha that the 24 High Courts present across the country have only 73 women judges while their male counterparts are 600 in number.

18 Oct 2017

Indian Army

Indian military to soon get special-forces, cyber and space divisions

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) is expected to announce the raising of three new tri-service agencies for cyber warfare, space and special operations.

30 Aug 2017


NITI Aayog backs proposed law for heavy penalties on polluters

Thousands of polluting industries, including sugar producers, distilleries, pharmaceutical units, mining units, etc. have been issued closure orders by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for violating pollution norms.

11 Aug 2017


CBI seeks Govt's nod to reopen Bofors payoff case

The Central Bureau of Investigation indicated it is likely to reopen the politically-sensitive Rs. 64cr Bofors bribery case if the Law Ministry gives the go-ahead.

Indian Railways has highest number of pending cases: Law Ministry

As per the Law Ministry reports, the railways is the biggest litigant among the government departments as it has nearly 66,000 pending cases in courts.

01 Jun 2017


Law ministry clears appointment of 14 judges to Bombay HC

The Law Ministry recently notified the appointment of 14 additional judges to the Bombay High Court, after President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent.

16 Mar 2017

Prakash Jha

Union law ministry announces plans for TV channel

In a bid to spread legal awareness, the Union Law Ministry announced plans to start its own TV channel.