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The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Home and Law Ministries to explain the nearly three-year-long lapse in making appointments to the Law Commission.

The posts of Chairperson and Members have been vacant ever since the 21st Law Commission under the former Supreme Court judge, Justice B.S. Chauhan, completed its tenure on August 31, 2018.

The government approved the constitution of the 22nd Law Commission on February 19 last. However, it has not appointed the Chairperson and Members till date.

A Bench led by Chief Justice Sharad A. Bobde issued notice on a petition filed by advocate A.K. Upadhyay to direct the government to make the appointments.

If not, alternatively, Mr. Upadhyay suggested, the court itself, as the custodian of the Constitution and protector of fundamental rights, could use its constitutional power to appoint the Chairperson and Members and declare the Commission a statutory body.

Injury to public

“Injury to public is extremely large as the Law Commission is headless since 1.9.2018, and hence unable to examine public issues. Even the directions of the constitutional courts to the Law Commission have become dead letter,” Mr. Upadhyay submitted.

The petition said the lack of a specialised body in the Law Commission handicapped the government’s push for legal reforms and review of the existing laws.

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