18 June 2016 Current Affairs: Senior legal service officer Suresh Chandra was appointed as Union Law Secretary on 14 June 2016.
Chandra is currently Additional Secretary in the department. G Narayana Raju, Legislative Secretary, was holding additional charge of the post of Secretary, Legal Affairs.
The government had issued advertisements for the post, even seeking candidates from outside the Law Ministry. Initially, the ministry received 45 applications from across the country, including those from serving sessions judges.
But no one from the Law Ministry applied as none could fulfill the criteria specified in the advertisement. Later, the senior ministry functionaries were also allowed to apply.