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Balbir Singh Chauhan appointed as India’s 21st Law Commissioner

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Balbir Singh Chauhan the former Supreme court Judge has been appointed as the 21st Law commissioner of India. The post has been vacant since the retirement of 20th law commissioner in September 2015.

Law commissioner: The Law Commission is reconstituted every three years and is usually headed by a retired Supreme Court judge or former Chief Justice of a high court

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  • Balbir Singh Chauhan is currently the head of Cauvery River Water Dispute tribunal
  • He was also the judge of Supreme court from May 2009 to July 2014
  • He has also served as the Chief justice of Odisha High court from July 2008 to May 2009
  • The post of Law commissioner is lying vacant since the retirement of previous law commissioner in September 2015.The Law ministry forwarded 48 names to the PMO to decide the 21st Law commissioner

Issues pending before law commission

  • Amending the Indian Penal Code amid allegations of abuse and arbitrary use of the law
  • To study the usage of the provisions of Section 124A (Sedition) of the IPC
  • It has to revamp the criminal justice system
  • It needs to recommend a bail law to ensure uniformity in the procedure of granting the relief

Points to Know

  • Law Minister– D.V Sadananda Gowda
  • 20th Law Commissioner– Ravi .R.Tripathi