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Law Commission recommends revoking 72 obsolete statutes

The Commission said it will further study 261 more statutes with a view to providing a firm recommendation for repeal of obsolete statutes and those inconsonant with modern times

 

As the Indian government prepares to bring a fresh bill in Parliament to repeal archaic laws, the Law Commission on Friday recommended revoking 72 obsolete statutes, saying there is an "urgent need" to ensure that the legal structures are responsive to challenges of changing times.

 

One of the laws -- Bengal District Act -- recommended for repeal dates back to 1836. Several other laws recommended for revoking belong to period dating from 1838 to 1898.

 

In its 'interim' report to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Commission said it will further study 261 more statutes "with a view to providing a firm recommendation for repeal of obsolete statutes and those inconsonant with modern times".

 

The law panel said it would complete its study in "instalments" and submit a number of volumes to the government for necessary action.

 

"The government led by Narendra Modi is keen to repeal obsolete laws. Already a bill seeking to repeal 32 such Acts is pending in Parliament. We will take up the issue of repealing more such obsolete laws in the right earnest in the next session of Parliament," Prasad told reporters after receiving the report.

 

The panel said there is a need to identify laws which have become obsolete "and as such keeping them on statute books is causing unwarranted burden on the system".

 

It said while studying the issue, the Commission found that a large number of Appropriation Acts passed during the past several years in reality have lost meaning but continue to be part of the statute books.

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Delhi HC sets aside EC order against Ashok Chavan

The EC had asked Chavan why he should not be disqualified for failing to give his true and correct expenses incurred in 2009 Assembly polls

 

The Delhi High Court on Friday set aside an order issued by the Election Commission (EC) holding Maharashtra's former chief minister Ashok Chavan guilty of filing incorrect expenses during the 2009 Assembly elections.

 

The EC in its 13th July order had also issued a show cause notice to Chavan seeking his response within 20 days on why he be not disqualified for the same.

 

"Election Commission's 13 July 2014, order is set aside," Justice Suresh Kait said.

 

The poll panel, in its order, had given Chavan, an MP from Nanded parliamentary seat, a 20-day deadline to respond to the show cause notice which was issued after it found him guilty of failing to "lodge his account of election expenses in the manner required by the (Representation of the People) Act and Rules."

 

In its show cause notice, the poll panel had asked Chavan why he should not be disqualified for failing to give his true and correct expenses incurred in last Assembly polls.

 

But the High Court had on 28th July stayed the Commission's show cause notice to Chavan.

 

Earlier, former Law Minister and senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who also represented Chavan, had contended that his client had filed all the correct poll expenses and had incurred an expenditure of Rs6.85 lakh in the 2009 Assembly elections.

 

Chavan had won the 2009 Assembly polls from Bhokar in Maharashtra's Nanded Lok Sabha constituency. He won the recent Lok Sabha polls from Nanded.

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