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SC to hear plea seeking direction for appointment of Law Commission chief

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday would hear a plea seeking a direction to the Central government to make appointment to the post of Chairman, Law Commission of India, which has been vacant since 2018.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice U.U. Lalit and comprising Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, would take up the plea filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay on October 10. The plea contended that since August 30, 2018, the Law Commission has been headless and even direction to it to examine important legal issues by the constitutional courts remained as a dead letter only.

The plea said, “Law Commission of India is not working since September 1, 2018 hence Centre doesn’t have the benefit of recommendations from this specialised body on the different aspects of law, which are entrusted to the Commission for its study and recommendations. The Law Commission, on a reference made to it by the Centre, apex court & high courts, undertakes research in law and reviews existing laws for making reforms therein and enacting new legislations.”