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    Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan appointed as Chairman of 21st Law Commission of India

    Posted on: 2016-04-08 Posted by: CLAT Gurukul Category: Archive Blog

    The Union Government has appointed former Supreme Court (SC) judge Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan (66) as Chairman of the 21st Law Commission of India (LCI). Currently he is Chairman of the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal. He was judge of the SC from May 2009 to July 2014.   He also had served as Chief Justice of Orissa high court from July 2008 to May 2009. Apart from him, Union Government has appointed former judge of the Gujarat high court Justice Ravi R Tripathi as member of 21st LCI.   Earlier in September 2015, Union Government had constituted 21st LCI for period of 3 years with effect from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2018. Composition: (i) Chairperson (full-time), (ii) Four Members (full-time). It will include a Member-Secretary. (iii) 3 Secretaries: Department of Legal Affairs, Legislative Department and Legislative Department as ex offcio Members. (iv) Up to 5 part-time Members. Recommendations: 21st LCI will give its major recommendations on a review of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the criminal justice system and the bail law in order to ensure uniformity in the procedure of granting the relief.   About Law Commission of India (LCI)   The LCI is a non-statutory and non-constitutional body constituted by the Union Government from time to time. The first commission was constituted in 1955 and since then various commissions were re-constituted every three years. It is usually headed by a retired Supreme Court judge or former Chief Justice of a high court.   So far, various Law Commissions have submitted 262 reports to make important contribution towards codification and progressive development of laws of the country. The 20th LCI was headed by Justice A P Shah, Former Chief Justice (CJ) of Delhi High Court and its tenure ended on 31 August, 2015.   Source: The Hindu  

    1. Rajya Sabha passes Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015
      The Rajya Sabha has passed the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015 to protect the interests of consumers and curb the malpractices in the real estate sector. The bill seeks to create a uniform regulatory mechanism across the country and enhance the growth of construction sector.   It also ensures to bring transparency and accountability in the real estate sector to access capital and financial markets essential for its long term growth.   Establishes state level regulatory authorities called Real Estate Regulatory Authorities (RERAs) and tribunals called Real Estate Appellate Tribunals (REAT) to settle disputes. Enforces the contract between the developer and buyer and fast track the mechanism to settle disputes.   70% of the amount collected from buyers for a project must be maintained in a separate bank (escrow) account and must only be used for construction of that project. State government can alter this amount to less than 70%. In case of delays in completion of projects on time, developers will have to pay the same penal interest rate as the buyer does.   All information for registered projects must be disclosed on website of the RERA. It will include details of promoters, land status, layout plan, schedule of execution and status of various approvals. Promoters and real estate agents must register project details with RERAs who intend to sell any plot, apartment or building.   The commercial real estate also has been brought under its ambit. Projects under construction are also required to be registered with the RERAs. The term carpet area has been clearly defined in order to eliminate any scope for wrongdoing.   Source: The Hindu

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