03 October 2016 Current Affairs: S. Sivakumar, professor at Indian Law Institute (ILI), was appointed as full-time member of the 21st Law Commission of India.
Earlier, Rajkot-based lawyer Abhay Bhardwaj, who had represented the accused in the 2002 Gulbarg Society Massacre case, had been selected as part-time member of the 21st Law Commission of India.
In March 2016, former Supreme Court judge Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan was appointed as the new Chairman of Law Commission of India.
Former Gujarat High Court judge Justice Ravi R Tripathi was also appointed as a member of the Commission.
In June 2016, Bimal Patel, Director, Gujarat National Law University was appointed as a part-time member of the 21st Law Commission of India.
Law Commission of India : The Law Commission of India is an executive body established by an order of the Government of India.Its major function is to work for legal reform.Its membership primarily comprises legal experts, who are entrusted a mandate by the Government.The Commission is established for a fixed tenure and works as an advisory body to the Ministry of Law and Justice.
The 21st Law Commission was constituted for a period of three years from 1 September 2015.The commission will have its tenure only till 31 August 2018. The present Law Commission has not submitted any report till date.
The Law commissions since 1955 have submitted 262 reports so far to the government on various subjects.The last report, submitted on 31 August 2015, by previous chairperson Justice AP Shah, had recommended immediate abolition of death penalty for all purposes, except terrorism-related cases.