Law commission

Parliamentary panel questions delay in appointment of Chairman and members of Law Commission of India

The three-year term of the 21st Commission, headed by former Supreme Court Justice BS Chauhan, ended on August 31, 2018.

The three-year term of the 21st Commission, headed by former Supreme Court Justice BS Chauhan, ended on August 31, 2018.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice, headed by Rajya Sabha member and top BJP leader Sushil Modi, has expressed disappointment at the ‘snail pace’ in appointing the committee’s chairman and members law.

The report, tabled in both houses of parliament on Thursday, questioned the delay in appointing the president and members of the Law Commission, a body that advises the government on complex legal issues, including a previous reference to the Civil Code. uniform.

The Committee noted that the body with a full term of three years is now in its third without appointments. The report states that the Chairman and members of the Law Commission of India (LCI) should now be appointed for a full term of three years, instead of the period remaining from the date of incorporation of the LCI for a “meaningful mandate and operation”. ”.

In its report on grant applications (2022-23) from the Department of Legal Affairs, the House Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice noted that the Union Cabinet had approved the constitution of the 22nd Law Commission of India and a Gazette notification was published on 21st February 2020.

“However, the Committee observes that even after more than two years of its constitution, the process of appointing the President and members of the Commission has not yet been completed. The Committee is disappointed with the snail’s pace of their nomination processes, as a body whose term itself is three years is now in its third year without a chair or members,” the Sushil Modi-led committee said.

The three-year term of the 21st Law Commission, headed by former Supreme Court Justice BS Chauhan, had ended on August 31, 2018.